Pohamba wants streets to be named after known genocide victims

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Friday urged that some streets in the country be named after those human remains whose names and identities are known.

The Head of State made the remarks at a memorial service at Parliament Garden held for the arrival of 35 skulls and three skeletal remains from Frankfurt, Germany.

The Namibian leader made the remarks after the Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture Jerry Ekandjo informed the public the names and identities of the three skeletal remains.

One of the skeletons he explained was that of a Damara lady who was killed in 1906 in the area of Outjo and her name was /Nuigabes.

The other two skeletons the Youth Minister said belonged to a twelve year old girl by the name of /Nabuis and her mother. The girl´s mother was a Damara woman by the name of Erna and her daughter were who both killed by a German Farmer.

Pohamba said in order for their names to known and for them to be remembered for a long time to come,some streets in the country had to be called after those human remains whose names and identities are known.

Meanwhile the Namibian leader also took the platform to talk about government´s decision to remove the Reiterdenkmal statue stating that some people are still complaining about the decision.

¨In Germany, the Berlin Wall which was a barrier constructed to separate Berlin was removed. And I am in support that it was removed. The wall was removed because it became a problem. So, why can´t we remove the horse here, because it is a problem,¨ Pohamba asked.

The horse must go he said adding he is directing his statement to the Namibian Germans who are here and that if they unhappy, they are welcome to transport the horse back to Germany where it came from.

The Head of State promised that the Reiterdenkmal statue will be replaced with something which will demonstrate how the people of Namibia suffered.

¨We are going to replace it, it must go,¨ Pohamba said.

(edited)WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Friday urged that some streets in the country be named after people killed in the 1904-1908 genocide in Namibia.

The Head of State made the remarks at a memorial service at Parliament Gardens for 35 skulls and three skeletal remains which arrived here from Frankfurt, Germany on the same day.

The Namibian leader made the suggestion after the Minister of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture Jerry Ekandjo informed the public that the identities of three skeletal remains are known.

One of the skeletons is that of a Damara woman killed in 1906 in the area of Outjo, and her name was /Nuigabes.

The other two skeletons are of a 12-year-old girl by the name of /Nabuis and her mother, Erna. They were also Damara, and were both killed by a German farmer.

Pohamba said in order for their names to be known and for them to be remembered for a long time, some streets in the country have to be named after them.

Meanwhile, the Namibian leader used the same platform to talk about Government’s decision to remove the Reiterdenkmal statue.

“In Germany, the Berlin Wall which was a barrier constructed to separate Berlin, was removed, and I am in support that it was removed. The wall was removed because it became a problem. So, why can’t we remove the horse here, because it is a problem,” Pohamba asked.

The rider and horse must go, he said, adding that he was directing his statement at some Namibian Germans who unhappy about the removal of the statue from in front of the Alte Feste museum, that they are welcome to transport the statue back to Germany where it came from.

The Head of State promised that the Reiterdenkmal statue will be replaced with something which demonstrates how the people of Namibia suffered.