A Namibian legislator by name, Adolf Hitler Uunona has been elected as the local government councillor for Ompundja constituency in northern Namibia.
With 85% of the ballots cast the 54 year old politician of the ruling Swapo party who was elected as a municipal councilor has sprung into prominence not because of his victory but because he is named Adolf Hitler.
Namibia was a former colony of Germany and shares many street and family names with the European nation.
However the Namibian Hitler has distanced himself from the dead Nazi leader, saying:
“My name doesn’t mean I’m striving for world domination.
“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 subjugate the whole world and killed millions of Jews.”
He revealed his wife calls him Adolf, but usually goes by the name Adolf Uunona, saying it would be too late to change his name officially.
Uunona Adolf Hitler won his election by 1196 votes to 213, which handed him a seat on the regional council.