By Ismail Auwal
A politician named after Adolf Hitler has won a seat at a Namibian election – but says he has no plans for world domination.
Dailymail news reported that, Adolf Hitler Uunona was elected with 85 per cent of the vote in the former German colony, where a number of streets, places and people still bear German names.
After winning the seat on the ticket of the ruling SWAPO party – which has ruled Namibia since independence from apartheid South Africa in 1990 – the politician told Bild that he had ‘nothing to do with’ Nazi ideology.
‘My father named me after this man. He probably didn’t understand what Adolf Hitler stood for,’ his namesake said.
‘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.’
The politician said his wife calls him Adolf, adding that he usually goes by Adolf Uunona but that it would be ‘too late’ to change his name officially.
‘The fact I have this name does not mean I want to conquer Oshana,’ he said, referring to the region where he won the election. ‘It doesn’t mean I’m striving for world domination.’
Uunona won 1,196 votes in the recent election compared to 213 for his opponent, giving him a seat on the regional council.
His SWAPO party won 57 per cent of the vote across the country, a sharp decline from the 83 per cent they took in the previous regional elections in 2015.