Inside the German-Namibia genocide deal

Granular details have emerged regarding the genocide settlement declaration reached between the governments of Namibia and Germany.

03 June 2021 | Local News

STAFF REPORTER







WINDHOEK

Seven regions to benefit

Damara and San included

Separate N$838m agreed

Land acquisition on agenda



Seven Namibian regions - Erongo, Hardap, //Karas, Khomas, Kunene, Omaheke and Otjozondjupa - have been exclusively identified for unique reconstruction and development support programmes as part of the deal reached with Germany over crimes of genocide.

Such development would include land acquisition within the framework of the Namibian Constitution, and land development, agriculture, rural livelihoods and natural resources, rural infrastructure, energy and water supply, technical and vocational education and training.

This is according to the joint declaration between the two governments, seen by Namibian Sun, and from which Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is expected to derive her opening speech to Parliament next week.

While the much-maligned N$18.6 billion agreed between the two governments will go towards “the reconstruction and development support programme for the benefit of the descendants of the particularly affected communities”, an additional N$838 million will be dedicated to projects on reconciliation, remembrance, research and education, the declaration said.

“The governing and implementation structures for both programmes will operate on the basis of the principles of equal partnership, joint decision-taking, good governance and transparency as well as affected community participation,” the document further stated.

Both Namibia and Germany have agreed that these amounts settle all financial aspects of the issues relating to genocide, although communities this week called for a renegotiation of the amounts to be paid.

Sources in the Namibian government told Namibian Sun this week that the settlement is seen as a significant political victory by Namibia, especially the admission by Germany that the atrocities in which 85 000 people died constituted genocide.

Genocide atrocities

Namibian communities whose kith and kin were butchered indiscriminately by colonial Germany are demanding N$8 trillion in reparations, saying that would make up not only for the lives lost but also for land lost.

The declaration itself conceded that “in the aftermath of the war, large swathes of territory, constituting ancestral land historically inhabited by and belonging to indigenous communities, were seized and occupied by the German state”.

“These actions led to the expulsion and displacement of indigenous communities from their ancestral lands. In some cases, communities were forced out of what today is Namibia itself and have remained uprooted to this day.”

It is believed that over 15 million hectares of land was taken away from the Ovaherero and Nama communities, and much of that land is today occupied by descendants of German invaders, who are now Namibians.

“Furthermore, human remains of members of indigenous communities were removed unlawfully and shipped to Germany for pseudo-scientific racial purity and eugenic ‘research’ without respect for human dignity, cultural and religious beliefs and practices,” the declaration read.

“The shipments also included cultural artefacts of these communities. Overall, tens of thousands of men, women and children were subjected to the orders and associated German policies. They were shot, hanged, burned, starved, experimented on, enslaved, worked to death, abused, raped and dispossessed - not only of their land, property and livestock, but also of their rights and dignity.”

It further stated that “a large number of the Damara and San communities were also exterminated”.

“On the same basis, Germany accepts a moral, historical and political obligation to tender an apology for this genocide and subsequently provide the necessary means for reconciliation and reconstruction.”

According to the declaration, a bi-national commission will be established to consolidate a lasting political framework for the consolidation of relations between Germany and Namibia.

Similar News

 

Lack of City quorum stalls Covid plan

1 day - 30 July 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKWindhoek has come to a standstill following heated political fights and the...

Thikusho’s contract extended until retirement

1 day - 30 July 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUThe Kavango East Regional Council has extended the contract of its chief regional officer, Ludwig Thikusho (58), by a further 18 months,...

We just wanna talk, veterans tell Geingob

2 days ago - 29 July 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEK In a recent petition to President Hage Geingob, the Peter Nanyemba Former Combatant Veterans Trust says government should come...

Ignore NIPDB recalls, Iipumbu tells commercial counsellors

3 days ago - 28 July 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKTrade minister Lucia Iipumbu has told commercial counsellors serving at various Namibian embassies abroad to disregard the decision by the Namibia Investment Promotion Development...

‘Baboon’ incident causes uproar at Outjo

3 days ago - 28 July 2021 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKA group of black visitors to Etotongwe Lodge in Outjo said they were called ‘baboons’ and assaulted during a stand-off...

Wheels in motion to elect Mbanderu chief

3 days ago - 28 July 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKThe Ovambanderu Traditional Authority (OvTA) has kick-started the process to elect a...

Kavango East N$141m dairy farm a white elephant

3 days ago - 28 July 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUIt’s been nine years since the revamp of the N$141 million...

N$5.7m sewer system for Ongwediva’s Sky informal settlement

3 days ago - 28 July 2021 | Local News

TUNOHOLE MUNGOBAONGWEDIVAThe Ongwediva town council has awarded a N$5.7 million tender for sewer reticulation at Sky Phase 1, an informal settlement in eastern side of...

Nedbank supports Kavango East computer literacy programme

3 days ago - 28 July 2021 | Local News

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUNedbank Namibia this month sponsored two laptops valued at N$11 000 to support the ministry of information, communication and technology’s basic computer literacy programme...

Oshana Region strives for sport development

3 days ago - 28 July 2021 | Local News

TUNOHOLE MUNGOBAONGWEDIVALeaders in the Oshana Region have embarked on a quest to create a number of sporting facilities for the youth.This is according to Oshana...

Latest News

On the brink of burnout?...

1 day - 30 July 2021 | Business

Selma Shilunga 1. Talking about your feelings is importantWe often keep our true feelings bottled up, saying “I’m fine”, even when we’re really not....

Kristofine Itembu proves that the...

1 day - 30 July 2021 | Business

Rivaldo KavangaHailing from Onankali village in the Oshikoto Region and raised in the dusty streets of Soweto in Katutura, the career-driven Kristofine Itembu remains humble...

Pensioner loses N$50k to scammers...

1 day - 30 July 2021 | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI A 60-year-old retired teacher lost N$50 000 to scammers who pretended to be police officers on Monday...

Ex-general implicated in Ekandjo’s missing...

1 day - 30 July 2021 | Justice

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUFormer minister Jerry Ekandjo’s name has surfaced in court as one of the possible victims in a stock theft case in which former...

South Africa plans billions in...

1 day - 30 July 2021 | Economics

ALEXANDER WINNING AND WENDELL ROELFSouth Africa plans about R36 billion of relief measures to support businesses and individuals affected by unrest this month and by...

The man who works fast...

1 day - 30 July 2021 | Business

Sono Kahuure runs the network escalations department at Paratus Namibia and is the keyholder to unlocking solutions for his customers. Sono is the go-to man...

Taking sports development to the...

1 day - 30 July 2021 | People

Mariselle Stofberg Powerful play From growing up in the dusty streets of Okuryangava, Titus Mwahafa’s passion for sport and sports development has driven him...

“I imagined a better life...

1 day - 30 July 2021 | Business

Desiree GasesTST was founded in 2012 and is a full-service advertising and market research company combining qualitative and quantitative approaches to deliver rich, operational, and...

EDITORIAL: Fix Windhoek’s leadership mess

1 day - 30 July 2021 | Opinion

Windhoek is without political leadership. But that’s not the saddest part. The fact that, for a week, nothing concrete has been hammered out to restore...

Load More