Adolf Hitler wins election in Namibia
A politician named after the leader of Nazi Germany has won an election in Namibia.
But Adolf Hitler Uunona has distanced himself from his namesake, and says he has no plans for world domination.
The politician won more than 85% of the vote for the ruling SWAPO party in the regional council election in Oshana.
After his victory Uunona told Bild he had ‘nothing to do with’ Nazi ideology.
He added: ‘My father named me after this man. He probably didn’t understand what Adolf Hitler stood for.
‘As a child I saw it as a totally normal name. Only as a teenager did I understand that this man wanted to conquer the whole world.’
Namibia, in South West Africa, is a former German colony, which has been ruled by the SWAPO since gaining independence from apartheid South Africa in 1990.
In a bid to reassure his electorate, and possibly the world, Uunona said: ‘The fact I have this name does not mean I want to conquer Oshana. It doesn’t mean I’m striving for world domination.’
The politician says he usually goes by Adolf Uunona and that it would be ‘too late’ to formally change his name.
His name was abbreviated to to ‘Adolf H’ in a list of candidates published in a government gazette, however his name was shown in full on the official results web page.
Uunona won 1,196 votes in the compared to 213 for his opponent. The SWAPO party won 57% of regional votes across Namibia, a sharp decline from the 83% they took in the previous 2015 elections.
Germany was booted out of the country in 1915 before it was passed to South Africa.
German soldiers massacred tens of thousands of Herero people after they revolted against their colonial rulers.
The ethnic group were driven into the Kalahari desert, as their wells were poisoned and food supplies cut, while many were sent to prison camps.
As many as 3,000 Herero skulls were sent to Berlin for German scientists to examine for signs that they were of racially inferior.
Last year during a visit to the country, Germany’s Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller said: ‘It has become clear that the crimes and abominations from 1904 to 1908 were what we today describe as genocide.’
The German government says it has a ‘special responsibility’ towards the nation on account of their ‘shared colonial past’.
But in August, Namibia turned down an offer of £9million in reparations, claiming that it needs to be ‘revised’.
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