One politician named Adolf Hitler has won a regional election in Namibia.
Uunona Adolf Hitler was elected with 85 percent of the votes for a seat in the regional council in the former German colony, where street names, persons and places still bear German names. Adolf Uunona, however, as he prefers to call himself, says he wants to assure the people that he has no plans for world domination.
This he told the German tabloid Bild: “My father named me after this man. Probably he did not understand what Adolf Hitler stood for. As a child I saw him as a normal name. Only as a teenager did I understand that this man wanted to conquer the whole world.
He appears on the nomination list as Adolf H. Uunona. He won the seat on the electoral list of the ruling SWAPO party that has ruled Namibia since independence from South African apartheid in 1990. He also said that as long as his wife called him Adolf, it would be too late for him to officially change his name.
“The fact that I have this name does not mean that I want to conquer Oshana,” he said, referring to the region where he won the election. It doesn’t mean that I want to rule the world.”
In fact, he is not new to politics, having served on the regional council for a while, he praised a cement company that invested more than $1 million in 2019 by sending employees to Germany for training, internships and job opportunities. He has been a Regional Council member for at least 15 years, as can be seen from the Namibian election records, which could be viewed by Washington Newsday.
Uunona managed to get 1,196 votes in the election, compared to 213 for his opponent, which gave him a seat on the regional council.
The SWAPO party, which held a two-thirds majority in Parliament from 1994 to 2019, received 57 percent of the vote nationwide, a decrease from the previous 83 percent it received in the 2015 regional elections.
Namibia had been a German colony since 1884, but after the First World War the League of Nations entrusted South Africa with the administration of the territory.
In early 2020, Namibia rejected the German offer of compensation for the mass murder of tens of thousands of indigenous people more than a century ago. Between 1904 and 1908, German occupying forces almost destroyed the Herero and Nama peoples in the then colony of German Southwest Africa.
According to some historians, this was the first genocide of the 20th century. There were unconfirmed reports of an offer of 10 million euros ($12.1 million), but Namibia’s President Hage Geingob said the offer “for reparations by the German government … is not acceptable” and must be “revised”.
The talks between Germany and Namibia had been going on for some time, and Ruprecht Polenz, the German government’s special envoy for the negotiations, did not deny that his side’s offer had been rejected. “What is important is that the negotiations are ongoing and I am still optimistic that a solution can be found,” he said. “Germany wants to live up to its moral and political responsibility.