Otjikaoko Traditional Authority to commemorate fallen leaders

The Otjikaoko Traditional Authority will this weekend commemorate its fallen leaders at Opuwo in the Kunene Region.

The event, which marks its 24 edition this year, will be held under the theme 'The strength of ovaHerero community culture.'

In an interview with Nampa on Monday, the traditional authority's senior councillor, Iningirua Musaso, explained that the event known as 'Okarundu Day,' dates back to 02 October 1995, after the death of Chief Mbumbijazo Muharukua.

The day is also aimed at remembering all the fallen brave men who fought hard to unite and liberate the people of Kaokoland and were laid to rest at Okarundu, he said

They include Mbumbijazo Muharukua, Jazemi Muharukua, Hijazomanga Muharukua, Uazenga Nderura, Josepha Kaumanuka Japuhua and Tjirizondana Kurooro.

Musaso said Risee Kakuva, one of the few female councillors of the Otjikaoko Traditional Authority, will also be honoured despite not being buried at the cemetery.

Musaso said activities will commence on Friday with the welcoming of guests, while the actual event will start on Saturday with various traditional songs and parades, among other activities.

On Sunday, participants will ascend the mountain where the cemetery is positioned, and traditional rituals will follow, he noted.

On his part, Otjikaoko Traditional Authority spokesperson Kavari Muharukua invited all traditional authorities and members of the public to form part of the commemoration as he said they believe no one should be left on such an occasion.

He added that it is imperative for invitees' to abide to all cultural ethics and customs on such a momentous occasion.

All traditional procedures on sacred grounds should be respected as we are going not just to commemorate, but to seek guidance and strength among other things as well. No sales nor consumption of liquor and playing of music will be permitted at the event.

Source: Namibia Press Agency