Vaalgras chief against genocide pact

16 June 2021 | Cultural

ELIZABETH JOSEPH

KEETMANSHOOPVaalgras 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 the same sentiments as two other traditional leaders, Chief Vekuii Rukoro and Chief Johannes Isaaks, and therefore rejects the deal between the Namibian and German governments.

"It is an insult to us who are the affected communities," a letter reads.

The community intends to counter the settlement and see the victimised communities of the Ovaherero and Namas included.

Biwa further said that there have been no successful community projects initiated by the Vaalgras Traditional Authority at Vaalgras.

They now want the traditional authority to reconsider their position and join hands with the break-away group in rejecting the deal.

"If we want milk, give us milk. Don't offer us sugar. Right now I feel like the German government is offering us something that is not at all-inclusive of everyone that suffered," he said.

The Vaalgraas traditional community says that they want to see the people who were the most affected at the forefront of discussions instead of shifting the responsibility to others.

Further discussions are expected in the next few weeks.

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