Venaani to meet Merkel

Germany trip to look at genocide issues

08 December 2016 | Politics

Opposition leader McHenry Venaani is travelling to Germany to forge ties with political parties and will also meet Angela Merkel where the issue of genocide reparations will be discussed.

DTA leader McHenry Venaani is expected to visit Germany for talks that include land reform and the Nama and OvaHerero genocide talks. He leaves on Friday.

Party spokesperson Vipuaa Muharukua yesterday explained at a press briefing that the party had over the past two years sent various delegations on important missions to continental sister parties in a bid to strengthen the country''s democracy.

According to him Venaani will start his journey in Munich where he is expected to meet with the Bavarian prime minister and leader of the Christian Social Union, Horst Seehofer.

“During this meeting, matters of cooperation in areas of democracy, vocational training and agricultural modernisation will feature, as well as Namibian and German relations,” he said.

Venaani is also expected to meet with the secretary-general of the International Democrat Union (IDU), Christian Kattner, to discuss issues including the development and the initiation of the DTA to become a full member of the IDU.

“While in Berlin our party president shall also be one of the first Namibian leaders to meet with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. This will be a very important meeting and the pinnacle of his trip to Germany,” said Muharukua.

He added that the Nama and OvaHerero genocide issue is an Achilles heel for the Germans and their government.

“The other is perhaps the question of land reform as this too is a burning issue that needs the attention of both our nations. However it is not prudent to delve into the agenda of the meeting. Let us wait and see until Venaani returns,” he said.

Muharukua emphasised that his party respects the fact that the Namibian nation is subject to the rule of the democratically elected government. However, the party also believes that the Nama and the OvaHerero people must be included in the two governments'' negotiations on reparations.

JEMIMA BEUKES

Similar News

 

AR turns up pressure

6 days ago - 21 May 2018 | Politics

The Affirmative Repositioning movement said it will lodge a case in the High Court this week, if government fails to reign in high rental prices...

'Harambee Boys' hit back

1 week ago - 17 May 2018 | Politics

Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary Ephraim Nekongo has hit back at critics who claim the wing is dormant and has become a mere lapdog...

Embattled RCC 'captured' by Chinese

1 week ago - 16 May 2018 | Politics

A N$570 million loan facility agreement between the Roads Contractor Company (RCC) and a Chinese firm has sparked fears that the parastatal is now a...

Rent board: AR issues another threat

1 week ago - 15 May 2018 | Politics

The Affirmative Repositioning Movement has issued another legal threat against the authorities over the slow implementation of resolutions taken during a meeting with President Hage...

EU mum on NEEEF

1 week ago - 15 May 2018 | Politics

Some members of the European Union (EU) are now tight-lipped on the New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF), despite earlier putting the Namibian government under...

There is no Swapo cabinet - Presidency

1 week ago - 15 May 2018 | Politics

President Hage Geingob's remarks during Swapo's first Central Committee meeting a week ago were misinterpreted and blown out of context by the media and commentators...

Land conference a 'gimmick' - AR

2 weeks ago - 09 May 2018 | Politics

The Affirmative Repositioning Movement has expressed doubt that anything meaningful will come from the planned second national land conference, calling it a gimmick.The AR yesterday...

Angola's Lourenço visits Namibia

3 weeks ago - 04 May 2018 | Politics

Angolan president João Lourenço made a courtesy call to President Hage Geingob yesterday. He at the same time came to attend the 40th commemoration of...

Shaningwa goes ballistic

3 weeks ago - 02 May 2018 | Politics

At a press conference on Monday, originally intended to clarify reports that linked Sophia Shaningwa, Swapo's secretary-general, to the tender award process in which Omatende...

67 000 graduates not jobless - SPYL

1 month - 27 April 2018 | Politics

Swapo Party Youth League secretary Ephraim Nekongo has rejected an assessment released by the ministry of higher education which said that 67 000 graduates are...

Latest News

Rent battle intensifies

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Government

Rent control boards that protected tenants from exploitation by property owners during the apartheid era are still implementable in Namibia and are not unconstitutional.This was...

RCC thought they could get...

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Government

A ministerial technical committee has been tasked to urgently compile a dossier for cabinet, with recommendations on disciplinary action and the way forward for the...

Skorpion’s production steady in 2017

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – Vedanta Zinc International’s wholly-owned Skorpion Zinc mine near Rosh Pinah in Namibia produced 84 000 tonnes of refined metal in its financial...

What will make or break...

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Columns

Here are 13 tips for starting a business and making it succeed.1. Know yourself, your true motivational level, the amount of money...

Taking NWR to another level...

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | People

hen and protect the financial condition of the company,” said Talita Horn, chief financial officer at NWR. Talita Horn did consulting and assurance work...

Informal sector exploits workers

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Labour

Namibia faces key developmental challenges such as a growing informal economy, lack of decent and secure jobs and insufficient social protection for workers.However, employment created...

Africa briefs

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | Economics

South Africa's outlook for tax revenues unchangedSouth Africa finance minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Tuesday that the outlook for tax revenues remain unchanged, in a...

The man behind the Katoshe...

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | People

Gabby Tjiroze - His future was unpredictable and hard to imagine, but today he is the mastermind behind Katoshe D30 - a mobile phone that...

Don't compromise security - Tsowaseb

3 days ago - 24 May 2018 | People

The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) has many priorities and security is definitely at the top of the list. Careers spoke to NSA security manager Titus...

Load More