A politician named after Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has been elected for a seat in Namibia.
Adolf Hitler Uunona – representative of the ruling SWAPO party in the South African country – received 85 percent of the vote, but insists he has “nothing to do with” the ideologies of one of the most evil men in history.
His constituency remains home to a small German-speaking community, while multiple street names and places still have German names.
Uunona said his wife calls him Adolf and it is “too late” to officially change his name.
He said, “My father named me after this man. He probably didn’t understand what Adolf Hitler stood for. ‘
Speak to the German newspaper statue he added: “As a child I saw it as a perfectly normal name. It was not until I was growing up that I understood that this man wanted to conquer the whole world.
“Just because I have this name doesn’t mean I want to conquer Oshana,” he continued, referring to the area where he won the election. “It doesn’t mean I’m striving for world domination.”
Uunona was born in 1954, nine years after the dictator’s death.
Center-left SWAPO has ruled Namibia since it gained independence from apartheid South Africa 30 years ago.
Uunona’s name appeared as “Adolf H” in a list of candidates printed in a government handout, although the official results website was written in full.
He obtained 1,196 votes against his opponent’s 213, retaining the place he won in 2015.
Namibia was added to the German Empire in 1884, before the country was stripped of its colonies after the First World War.
Hitler rose to power as Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and then as Führer in 1934.
During his dictatorship from 1933 to 1945, he started World War II in Europe by invading Poland in 1939.
Germany has spent the decades since his death trying to repair the damage done during the Nazi regime, including mass genocide.
However, the country’s atrocities in Namibia – prior to Hitler’s dictatorship – are rarely discussed.
In August last year, the country asked for a £ 9 million offer of reparations for Germany’s colonial massacres to be “reviewed”.