A politician with the unusual name of Adolf Hitler has won the regional elections in Namibia. Adolf Hitler Uunona was elected with 85 percent of the vote to a seat on the former German colony’s regional council.
Many streets, people, and places in Namibia, which was a German colony from 1884 to 1919, still have names that refer to German rule.
“My father named me after that man, but he probably did not understand what Adolf Hitler stood for,” Adolf Hitler Uunona told the German tabloid Bild. “As a child, I saw it as a very normal name. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I understood that this man wanted to conquer the world.”
Uunona is therefore not really for sale with its special name. He was listed on the election ticket as Adolf H. Uunona.
“Just because I have this name doesn’t mean I want to conquer Oshana,” said Uunona, referring to the region where he won. “Nor does it mean that I strive for world domination.”
Incidentally, Uunona, who has no plans to change his name, is no newcomer to Namibian politics. He has been on the regional council for at least 15 years.