Attitudes to reparations are changing - OvaHerero

The OvaHerero traditional leadership feels that the tide is changing in their campaign for reparations from Germany.

25 October 2016 | Cultural

The OvaHerero people are optimistic about their relationship with the Namibian and German governments following a recent trip to Berlin where they protested in order to pressure the two governments to include them in genocide reparations.

The OvaHerero and Nama people are demanding restorative justice for the 1904-1908 Nama and OvaHerero genocide and have on numerous occasions urged the Namibian government to include them to participate in all negotiations about the genocide and reparations.

The two groups have for a long time insisted that the Namibian government is sidelining them in negotiations, despite Namibia''s special envoy on genocide Dr Zed Ngavirue''s assurance that the government remains committed to inclusivity.

However, the spokesperson of the OvaHerero Traditional Authority, Bob Kandetu, yesterday told Namibian Sun that they feel that government is developing a different approach.

When asked how he could tell that things have changed, Kandetu said “the atmosphere itself” is telling.

“But [even] our engagement with government players tell us that there is room for improvement,” he said. Kandetu added that their campaign was primarily aimed at forcing the German government to immediately recognise the OvaHerero and Nama genocide through a Bundestag resolution and a statement by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The groups also demand that the German government ask for forgiveness from the descendants of the victims of the genocide, who live in Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and other countries.

The trip also aimed at informing German society about the atrocities colonial Germany committed against the Nama and OvaHerero people

According to him, this campaign has the potential to yield positive results. “Our engagements are telling us that they are at best restless and jittery . . . they are not as dismissive as they were before,” he said.

Following their trip to Berlin last week, the two groups held a feedback meeting at Okahandja at the weekend organised by the OvaHerero Genocide Foundation (OTA).



JEMIMA BEUKES

Similar News

 

Vaalgras chief against genocide pact

2 days ago - 16 June 2021 | Cultural

ELIZABETH JOSEPHKEETMANSHOOPVaalgras traditional community leader Reverend Andreas Biwa has labelled the N$18.6 billion reparations package for the 1904-1908 genocide as unfair.According to Biwa, he shares...

Broke government eyes reparation money: Rukoro

3 weeks ago - 27 May 2021 | Cultural

NAMPAWINDHOEKThe Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) and Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA) have rejected the purported deal struck by the Namibian and German governments over reparation...

Hai //Om traditional authority under siege

1 month - 18 May 2021 | Cultural

ESTER KAMATIOUTJOMembers of the Hai //Om community staged a peaceful demonstration at Outjo yesterday where they demanded the removal of the traditional authority, especially Chief...

German-speaking Namibians want to be heard

1 month - 11 May 2021 | Cultural

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKGerman-speaking Namibians recently launched a platform called the Forum of German-Speaking Namibians (FDN) which aims to give a voice to the multi-ethnic community.Through the...

Rehoboth Basters fight over Kaptein

2 months ago - 16 April 2021 | Cultural

JEMIMA BEUKESREHOBOTHA group of disgruntled Rehoboth Baster Community members yesterday protested the "irregular" election process of the Rehoboth Baster Kaptein slated for 24 April.The group,...

Baster community leaderless and divided

6 months ago - 15 December 2020 | Cultural

AUGETTO GRAIGREHOBOTHThe Rehoboth Baster community is divided over who should lead them after the death of Kaptein Barney Buys on 27 November.Buys had only recently...

I remain chief of Vakwangali – Kudumo

6 months ago - 09 December 2020 | Cultural

KENYA KAMBOWEKAHENGEEugene Siwombe Kudumo says he remains the chief of the Vakwangali tribe despite a Supreme Court ruling to the contrary.Kudumo labels those who are...

Child brides as young as 11

7 months ago - 12 November 2020 | Cultural

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEK Women's rights activist Rosa Namises has condemned the commodification of teenage girls being 'sold off' into child marriages by their impoverished...

'They want to oust me'

9 months ago - 08 September 2020 | Cultural

KENYA KAMBOWEKAPAKOMbunza Traditional Authority chief Alfons Kaundu says the reason why he dismissed three village headmen and an advisor in July was because they are...

ATKV-toekenning vir Pro-Ed

9 months ago - 01 September 2020 | Cultural

Die ATKV Duine-tak het in 2019 tien aktiwiteite vir die jaar aangepak. Dit was hulle besigste jaar nog, vertel mnr. Dentie Louw. “Ons het projekte...

Latest News

How to impart financial wisdom...

21 hours ago | Columns

Financial confidence is developed at a young age – here’s how you can help.One of the best gifts parents or guardians can give their children...

Mental well-being suits us all

21 hours ago | People

DR JOHN STEYTLERMental health is a subject which we are only starting to scratch the surface of in Namibia and it is not talked about...

Diva of finesse and fitness

21 hours ago | People

Jeanette DiergaardtLiezel Ndjaronguru, a 32-year-old businesswoman, allows fitness enthusiasts to bring their best attitude to the table when working out. In 2013 the owner of...

Bonifatius Kantori Paulino is the...

21 hours ago | People

Wetumwene Shikage Since Paulino joined Alexander Forbes, he spent some time to familiarise himself with the areas of responsibility of the position of...

Covid numbers alarming

21 hours ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKNamibia’s third Covid-19 wave surges on, with the country recording both its highest death toll – 33 – and...

Ethiopia's economic reforms hindered

21 hours ago | Economics

MARION DOUETShortly after taking office, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promised a spectacular overhaul of Ethiopia's economy by implementing reforms to spur growth, unshackle the country's...

High-flyer Samantha Geyser soared to...

21 hours ago | People

Staff reporterSamantha Geyser dreamed of becoming a pilot when she was a young girl. She admired Amelia Earhart for her achievement of being the first...

Gweri Vintage Collection – the...

21 hours ago | People

Zulu Boy sets the trend for creativity Created by Namibians for international consumption The Gweri Vintage Collection is a brand focused on providing exclusive and...

EDITORIAL: The good and bad...

21 hours ago | Opinion

Zambia’s founding president Kenneth Kaunda passed away yesterday – and Namibia owes him a debt of eternal gratitude.Kaunda was a witty politician, revered statesman and...

Load More