A politician named after murderous Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has been forced to work from home due to an outbreak of Coronavirus in his area.
Namibian district administrator Adolf Hitler Uunona has told local news that he is now working from home, as rising cases in the northern Namibia region of Oshana are a cause for concern.
Local authorities are now disinfecting “all properties” belonging to the local council – including Hitler's office – after Omicron cases have risen in recent weeks.
Named by his father after the evil leader, Adolf Hitler Uunona took 85 per cent of votes in last year's local election, which saw him pick up a seat on a regional council in Namibia.
Formerly known as German South West Africa, much of Namibia still has German names but Uunona claims his dad is unlikely to have known about Hitler's actions.
Uunona of the ruling SWAPO party told Bild: "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 conquer the whole world."
The politician, who typically goes by Adolf Uunona, said that it is too late to officially change his name.
He added: "The fact I have this name does not mean I want to conquer Oshana. It doesn't mean I'm striving for world domination.”
Namibia is still home to a small German-speaking community, and around 120,000 Germans visit the nation each year.
There are around 30,000 German Namibians in the country – also known as Deutschnamibier – and the group has a hybrid German/Namibian flag for special events.
Around 0.9 per cent of Namibian households speak German as their first language, according ot the 2011 census.
The German government says it has a "special responsibility" towards Namibia "on account of the two countries’ shared colonial past'".
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