Editorial

18 October 2021 | Opinion

The genocide debate in the National Assembly the past few weeks, as well as the interest it generated, has signalled the seriousness of the matter, especially to those who thought it would just be a fly-by-night advocacy process.

Namibians are keenly watching to see which direction legislators will take in this matter, but be that as it may, the outcome will determine the way forward as far as the genocide debate and holding Germany accountable for its deeds is concerned.

The widespread discontent amongst the affected communities over the agreement reached between Namibian and German negotiating teams has placed the government in a corner, a situation which threatens to pit the government against the people it ought to serve. At the moment, the Swapo Party is in pole position to chart the way forward in this matter.

The tone of Swapo lawmakers who contributed to the debate so far indicates that the party will probably bulldoze the agreement through.

Another factor is the trust element, with many expressing concern over how the funds that will flow from this agreement will be handled.

Deputy minister Kornelia Shilunga - seemingly oblivious to the government’s poor reputation in the eyes of the public when it comes to the handling of public funds - claimed that she does not see any reason why the government should not be trusted with handling the negotiations and processes stemming from this whole matter, whether money or otherwise.

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