The African nation of Namibia has elected Adolf Hitler to a landslide victory in regional elections. No need for concern; this is a different “Hitler” who simply shares the same name as the historically brutal, genocidal, German madman-dictator from the 40s.
Adolf Hitler Uunona swept his opposition by winning 1,196 votes to 213 in the race for local councillor in Ompundja, getting an astounding 85 percent of the vote for an electorate in the Oshana region, according to official results.
Uunona is the representative of the South West Africa People’s Organisation (Swapo), which administers Namibia on a national scale.
The newly elected legislator with the unfortunate name gave an exclusive interview to Bild, a German tabloid, where he explained that a wacky misunderstanding caused his father to name him without realizing the negative associations to the Hitler namesake.
“My father named me after this man. He probably didn’t understand what Adolf Hitler stood for,” he explained.
The politician’s name was written on the official election nomination ticket as “Adolf H. Uunona.”
“As a child I saw it as a totally normal name,” he continued. “Only as a teenager did I understand that this man wanted to conquer the whole world.”
Uunona has a much better sense of humor than the original Adolf Hitler, joking that the unusual name “doesn’t mean I’m striving for world domination.” However, he let the German paper know that he thought it was too late for him to change his name at this point in his life. His friends and wife simply call him Adolf, he pointed out.
“The fact I have this name does not mean I want to conquer Oshana,” he assured, referring to the region where he won the election.
This is not Adolf’s first outing in the political arena. He has held the position of being a regional councilor for some time. He made international news when he heaped praise on a cement company in 2019 for putting more than a $1m investment into the region by sending employees to Germany for additional training, even offering internships and job attachments. according to Newsweek, Namibian electoral records show he has been serving as a regional councilor for the past 15 years.
Namibia was controlled by Germany as a colony between 1884 and 1915 before the German army forfeited control of the nation.
The German colonists eradicated the majority of the Herero and Nama ethnic groups between the years 1904 and 1908 as part of a violent military campaign.
Germany’s colonial properties were divided up after the nation’s defeat in the First World War. When the colonized lands were broken up, Namibia was governed under South African rule through a League of Nations authorization.
Swapo was formed in 1960 as a answer to the establishment of apartheid, and the faction administered a campaign of aggressive protests and guerilla warfare tactics.
Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, who passed away in 2017, functioned as its secretary-general.
Namibia eventually garnered its independence in 1990, with Swapo taking control of government. During the first part of 2020, Namibia declined Germany’s offer of compensation for the genocide of tens of thousands of indigenous inhabits over a century ago.
Discussions between Germany and Namibia had been going back and forth on a fairly regular basis and Ruprecht Polenz, the German government’s special envoy for the negotiations, acknowledged the fact that the German side’s offer had been rebuffed.
“What matters 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.”