Genocide consultations spark outrage

The Nama genocide technical committee says the government's consultations in the south are disrespectful of the late Nama chief Dawid Frederick.

31 January 2018 | Cultural

The Nama genocide technical committee has condemned a round of consultations in the south by the government on its negotiations with Germany regarding reparations for genocide.

The committee yesterday said the consultations were a deliberate insult hurled at the Nama community who are mourning their traditional chief, Dawid Frederick, who died two weeks ago.

The outreach consultations are being done under the leadership of the government's genocide special envoy, Dr Zed Ngavirue.

The aim of the consultations is to inform and consult descendants of victims of the state of affairs on the ongoing negotiations between Germany and Namibia.

The aim is also to solicit input from communities on their needs and aspirations for reparations.

The consultations kicked off in the south of Namibia, where several meetings were held at all the main towns, and will eventually go to the Erongo and Kunene regions.

Judging from the consultation programme, a number of local leaders were picked to mobilise communities.

The committee, in a statement issued by its spokesperson Paul Thomas, called on all Nama people to boycott the consultations, claiming that it disrespects the memory of the late chief.

“Those of you who can attend can do so, but the Namibian government is busy with a divide-and-rule tactic. They have even sidelined the various traditional leaderships. Zed Ngavirue and his running dogs are at play to mislead the Nama and OvaHerero communities,” Thomas said.

Ngavirue, on the other hand, said he saw this outreach as an honour and not in the least an insult to the late chief.

According to him, there is no difference between sending a delegation to attend the New York court hearing and the consultations he initiated.

“I am surprised to hear people say this. Normally it is an honour to continue a fight when a general has fallen. The chief even sent his people to New York, how is this different?” he asked.

JEMIMA BEUKES

Similar News

 

Uukwangali chief yet to apply for recognition

3 weeks ago - 06 July 2021 | Cultural

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUIt has been seven months since the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by Uukwangali Chief Eugene Siwombe Kudumo to be recognised by the state,...

Ovaherero foundation hits back at local Germans

1 month - 23 June 2021 | Cultural

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKThe Ovaherero Genocide Foundation (OGF) has hit back at the Forum of German-speaking Namibians, which recently rebuked threats that Namibian descendants of German genocide...

Vaalgras chief against genocide pact

1 month - 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

2 months 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

2 months ago - 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

2 months ago - 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

3 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

7 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

7 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

8 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...

Latest News

Weekend recap: Gazza postpones ‘Messiah’...

9 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE WINDHOEK A day before he was meant to drop his 13th studio album, Gazza announced the postponement of ‘Messiah.’ “My mind, spirit...

We move - Jonas

20 hours ago | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa Namibian boxer Jonas Junias Jonas has hinted at a move...

Nathanael dethroned by ‘dodgy’ decision...

20 hours ago | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy promoter Nestor Tobias has revealed that the academy will wait for...

Electricity production capacity needs to...

20 hours ago | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKU For the month of June 2021, Namibia mainly imported its electricity from Eskom Aggeneis, Zesco-Firm Zambia and ZPC-Zimbabwe due to a decline in...

South Africa’s Eskom in a...

20 hours ago | Business

ALEXANDER WINNINGA debt crisis at South Africa's struggling state-owned utility Eskom could be solved by an agreement for government creditors to write off some of...

Swapo sidesteps democracy

20 hours ago | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKThe questionable re-appointment of Paulus Noa as chief of the Anti-Corruption Commission...

China worries about terrorist attacks

20 hours ago | Police

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKThe Namibian police and other units in the country’s security cluster are on high alert after a bomb attack in...

Covid: Third wave not over...

20 hours ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKWhile new cases have slowed down, authorities have cautioned Namibians not to let their guard down in the face of...

Can we please find a...

20 hours ago | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa This on and off sport in Namibia reminds me of stories I heard about relationships which are...

Load More