Former diplomat to head genocide talks

05 November 2015 | History

The Namibian government has announced that former diplomat Zed Ngavirue is the country’s envoy who will pave the way for the long-awaited dialogue with Germany on genocide reparations. Ngavirue’s German counterpart will be Ruprecht Polenz, a long-serving chairperson of the German Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs. International Relations Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the two governments have agreed on a team of special envoys to spearhead the dialogue. Ngavirue was recently part of the Delimitation Commission that recommended the split of the Kavango Region and the creation of new constituencies. He is also a former head of the Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (Nepru). “Over the last three years, a number of visits and discussions at high level on the way forward took place. Of recent, was the meeting I had with my German counterpart, Frank Walter Steinmeier, in New York,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah. “All these interactions have brought us to a point where we are now able to formalise and further intensify the dialogue.” She added that for some time now the government has been engaging Germany on the 1904-1908 genocide committed against mainly the OvaHerero and Nama communities. Nandi-Ndaitwah however reiterated an earlier position of the National Heritage Council of Namibia suggesting that Owambo, Damara and San people were also killed during that German-sanctioned genocide following an extermination order against OvaHerero and Nama people. This was after the repatriation last week of 35 skulls and three skeletons from Germany, which are said to include the remains of Damara, Owambo and San people. Yesterday, Nandi-Ndaitwah could not indicate when the last batch of human remains from Germany will be brought home. “The Namibian-German bilateral relationship is born out of a painful colonial past. “The atrocities committed in our country by Germany ... have left a deep scar on our national psyche,” she said. Nandi-Ndaitwah’s pointed out that in 1989, shortly before Namibia’s independence, the German parliament acknowledged a special moral and historic responsibility for its former colony. Recently the OvaHerero Genocide Committee (OGC) and the Nama Technical Committee on Genocide said the government was sidelining them from official talks on genocide reparations. ELVIS MURARANGANDA

Similar News

 

April 1 no fool’s day for Swapo

2 months ago - 01 April 2020 | History

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKThe former chief of staff of Swapo’s armed wing PLAN, Charles Namoloh, says it is time the nation recognised the historical importance of 1...

Heritage sites closed

2 months ago - 19 March 2020 | History

ELLANIE SMIT All heritage sites in Namibia are closed until further notice.This follows a directive by the education, arts and culture...

WBCG grows regional economies

6 months ago - 20 November 2019 | History

CATHERINE SASMANSince the establishment of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) 19 years ago, trade volumes from neighbouring countries have grown from zero to more...

SADC’s pride

6 months ago - 19 November 2019 | History

LEANDREA LOUW Namibia has now joined countries such as Australia, Brazil, Dubai and the Netherlands in the utilisation of reclaimed land for port expansion.The...

A pilgrimage to Hornkranz

1 year - 07 March 2019 | History

There is a bliss one cannot put a price on that envelops the rocky plains of Hornkranz, the former headquarters of the late Nama chief...

Northern railway on hold

1 year - 11 February 2019 | History

?With phase one and two of the Ondangwa-Oshakati railway line extension project complete, the project is currently on hold while the works ministry waits for...

Kutako's dwelling to become heritage site

1 year - 11 October 2018 | History

The dwelling place of the late Ovaherero Paramount Chief Hosea Kutako will be declared a national heritage site following an order by President Hage Geingob...

Push to honour genocide heroes

1 year - 20 September 2018 | History

Culture minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has called for a national debate on how to honour the fallen heroes of the German genocide, in particular those who...

Governments hope to build bridges

1 year - 30 August 2018 | History

A high-ranking German delegation will accompany the Namibian emissary that will return to Windhoek with the skulls of 27 Nama and Ovaherero people tomorrow.It is...

Book exposes Swapo's ghastly crimes

1 year - 07 August 2018 | History

A survivor of the Lubango dungeons has recounted the horrors he experienced while being incarcerated by Swapo in exile.In a tell-all book titled 'Swapo Captive...

Latest News

NBL ready to deliver

10 hours ago | Business

Phillepus UusikuLife is slowing returning to normal as Namibians navigate the country’s gradual reopening following an easing of trade restrictions which were necessitated to combat...

Treasury demands reports of lockdown...

10 hours ago | Economics

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKThe ministry of finance will demand full reports from public entities, ministries, agencies and offices detailing procurement expenditure incurred during stage one of the...

Over 120 lose jobs at...

10 hours ago | Labour

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUAbout 120 people lost their jobs yesterday after a fallout between Chinese-born business magnate Stina Wu and a subcontractor that labour inspectors found to...

Namibia’s food security paradox

10 hours ago | Agriculture

Venomukona Tjiseua, sustainable agriculturalist: “The government must revisit its priority list and place agriculture at its correct spot.”With jobs disappearing, incomes drying up and savings...

The contest for hearts and...

10 hours ago | Opinion

Nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight, when everything remains seemingly unchanged.The above quote by...

Indemnity forms a matter of...

10 hours ago | Education

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKWith some learners expected to return to schools today, education ministry executive director Sanet Steenkamp says parents will have to trust that schools have...

SA loosens lockdown to revive...

10 hours ago | International

South Africa sought to revive its stuttering economy on Monday with a partial lifting of its coronavirus lockdown, letting people out for work, worship or...

Rastafarian sues for N$1.4m

10 hours ago | Justice

JANA-MARI SMITHWINDHOEKA convict serving 35 years for murdering his girlfriend is suing prison authorities for N$1.4 million for cutting his hair.Petrus Fridel Frederik claims his...

No new stimulus package for...

10 hours ago | Health

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKGovernment will not offer new emergency income grants for residents of Walvis Bay whose town is back on lockdown for seven days after recording...

Load More