A politician named after Adolf Hitler has won a local election in Namibia by a landslide — but he insists his agenda has “nothing to do” with Nazi ideology.
Adolf Hitler Uunona won a seat as a council member for the Ompundja constituency last week — with 85 percent of the vote, BBC reported. He is a member of the ruling South West Africa People’s Organization, also known as the SWAPO party.
However, acknowledging his unfortunate name, Uunona insisted that it “doesn’t mean that I’m striving for world domination,” German newspaper Bild reported.
Uunona said his father chose the eyebrow-raising moniker, though he “probably didn’t understand what Adolf Hitler stood for.”
“As a child I saw it as a totally normal name,” Uunona told the paper.
“It wasn’t until I was growing up that I realized: This man wanted to subjugate the whole world. I have nothing to do with any of these things.”
Still, Uunona said that he has no plans to change his name.
Adolf and other Germanic names are not uncommon in the country, which was ruled by the Germans until 1915, the BBC reported.
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