|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded
1700. Paramount Chief is re-installed on 1st June 1925.
- Chief MUTJISE ua
Mbunga, Okahandjo Herero
- Chief TJIRUE ua
Mutjise, Okahandjo Herero -/1842
- Chief Tjamuaha ua Tjirue (qv)
- Katjeua ua Tjirue, married and had issue.
- Mbazuva, married and had issue.
- Mutenja, married Tutonderumbi, and had issue.
- Utuametambo Riruako, he was a veteran of the
1904 war; married and had issue.
- Amon Kaamakaa Riruako, member of the
Aminuis Chief’s Council and messenger of the
main Chief’s Council, he was praise-sung as
Omukwendjandje from the Otjiporo clan;
married Uiiue Renate
Veseevete, daughter of Kamungerenjau Veseevete, and
his wife, Katjomenje, and had issue.
- Kamunduatjike, she married and had
- Karusuko, she married Muingona Jonathan
Katjimuine, and had issue.
- Paramount Chief Kuaima Isaac Riruako,
Okahandjo Herero (see below)
- Chief TJAMUAHA ua
Tjirue, Okahandjo Herero 1842/1861, born
about 1790, married (amongst others), Tjorozumo Chief Wife, and
had issue. He died 18th August 1861.
- Paramount Chief Maherero ua Tjamuaha (by
- Chief Kavikunua ua Tjamuaha, married and had
issue. He died 1858.
- Chief Nikodemus Kambahahiza Kavikunua, he
disputed the succession of his uncle in 1890 and
was named Chief at Ovambanderu, he was executed
11th June 1896 in Okahandja.
- Chief Kariteova ua Tjamuaha
- Chief Rijarua ua Tjamuaha
- Chief Kavezeri ua Tjamuaha, born 1845, he became
custodian of the sacred fire after his father died.
- Paramount Chief
MAHERERO ua Tjamuaha, Okahandjo Herero
1861/1890, born about 1820 or 1829? at Otjikune near
Okahandja, from about 1863, he refused to accept the
dominance of the Afrikaners and was recognized by both
the Herero people and the Europeans within the country
as the representative of all the Hereros, shortly
afterwards he emerged as the first Herero Paramount
Chief; in 1885, he signed a treaty accepting German
protection over the country; married over 60 wives,
and had issue. He died 7th October 1890.
- Paramount Chief Samuel Maherero (qv)
- Chief William Maherero, died December 1880.
- Chief Traugott Maharero, died after August 1923.
- Paramount Chief
SAMUEL MAHERERO, Okahandjo Herero 1890/1917,
born 1854, he was educated at local Lutheran schools,
where he was seen as a potential priest; he was
appointed Chief in the Okahandja area after his
father's death in 1890; he secretly planned a revolt
with the other chiefs against the German presence,
which began on 12th January 1904, initially
successful, the Herero fighters were destroyed at the
Battle of Waterberg on 11th August 1904 and those
remaining were driven into the deserts of the Omaheke
Region, he succeeded in leading around 1,000 of
his people to the British Bechuanaland Protectorate
(today Botswana), where he died in exile; married and
had issue. He died 14th March 1923 in Serowe, his body
was returned to Okahandja in Namibia on 23rd August
1923, and was ceremoniously buried in Namibia
- Chief Frederick Maherero, born 1875, candidate for
Paramount Chief in 1923, Chief in exile from 1924
till his death. He died 11th September 1952.
Chief HOSEA KOMOMBUMBI KUTAKO KATJIKUKURUME,
Okahandjo Herero [1.6.1925] - [26.7.1970], born 1870
in Okahurimehi, Okahandja Distt., Namibia, he was
officially appointed as leader of the Herero by
Frederik Maharero in 1920, he prompted and organized
the transfer of Samuel Maharero’s body and its funeral
on Okahandja next to the grave of Jonker Afrikaner; he
also founded the Truppenspieler association; with
others, he founded the South West African National
Union (SWANU) in 1959, an organization that was to
merge into SWAPO a year later; he was named Leader of
Hereroland 1968/1970. He died 26th July 1970 in the
- Paramount Chief CLEMENS
MUTUURUNGE KAPUUO, Okahandjo Herero
[26.7.1970] - [27.3.1978], son of Clemens Kapuoo, and
his wife, Alexandeline, he was also cousin of Samuel
Maherero, born 16th March 1923 in Ozondjona, Okahandja
Distt., S.W.A., educated at a Primary school in
Okahandja in 1931 and at St. Barnabas Anglican Church
School, Windhoek from 1937, he qualified as a teacher
at Viljoensdrif, and at the Stoffberg Training
College, both in in the Orange Free State; afterwards
he taught at primary schools in Waterberg and Karibib,
and in 1946 transferred to St. Barnabas where he
taught English; President of the SWA Teachers
Association 1950/1953; Member of the founding
committee of the South West Africa National Union
(SWANU) 1958/1960; appointed deputy chief to Hosea
Kutako in 1960; Leader of the National Unity
Democratic Organization 1964/-; Member of the
Democratic Turnhalle Alliance 1974/1978; married
and had issue. He was assassinated by an unknown
assailant on 27th March 1978 in Katutura, Windhoek,
- Alexandrine Kapuuo
- Elizabeth Kazondovi
Chief KUAIMA ISAAC RIRUAKO, Okahandjo Herero
[7.6. 1978] - [2.6.2014], born 24th April 1935 at
Aminuis in Omaheke as Issaskar Kakurundiro,
later assuming the name Kuaima after his grandfather;
son of Amon Riruako, and his wife,
Uiiue Renate Veseevete, he was the
nephew of Paramount Chief Petrus Hosea Katjikukurume
Kutako and grand nephew of Paramount Chief Samuel
Maherero, educated at St. Barnabas Primary School in
Windhoek and at the Kwame Nkumah School of Ideology in
Accra, Ghana; he was the founder of N.U.D.O.
in 1964 and remained its leader until his passing;
that same year he went into exile, eventually settling
in the U.S.A., where he furthered his education and
obtained an Associate B.A. degree at the New York
University, he returned to Namibia in 1977; Member of
the Constitutional Council 1986/1987; he served as a D.T.A.
member of the National Assembly from 1995 until
September 2003 and then served as a N.U.D.O. member of
the National Assembly from March 2005; married 1stly
(div.), Constancia, married 2ndly, and had issue,
sixteen children. He died on
2nd June 2014 in the Roman Catholic Hospital in
Windhoek after a short illness.
- Brian Riruako
- Mathilda Riruako
- Chief Fanuel Tumbee
Tjombe, Acting Chief of the Herero
[2.6.2014] - [xx.7/8.2014], he died after only a few
weeks in the position.
- Paramount Chief
VEKUII REINHARD RUKORO, Okahandjo Herero (see