Reparation only for OvaHerero, OvaMbanderu and Namas: Muinjangue

30 Mar 2014 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 30 MAR (NAMPA) – Only OvaHerero, OvaMbanderu and Nama people stand to benefit from the fight for reparations from Germany.
This was said by the chairperson of the OvaHerero/OvaMbanderu Genocide Technical Committee, Utjiua Muinjangue on Saturday, during the annual commemoration held at Swakopmund in honour of those who perished during the 1904-1908 genocide.
She said although the remains of people from other tribes are being repatriated along with that of OvaHerero, OvaMbanderu and Namas, their tribes do not stand to benefit as the extermination order from the German colonial forces specified these three groups.
“The extermination order from the German colonial rulers was directed only to the OvaHerero, OvaMbanderu and Nama communities,” she stated.
The commemoration comes not long after 35 skulls and three skeletons were repatriated from Germany.
A Namibian Government delegation travelled to Germany early in March to receive the human remains taken to that country for experiments, purportedly to prove the superiority of Europeans over Africans, at the turn of the 20th century.
Of these human remains, one skull and two skeletons are said to be of Owambo origin.
There have also been reports in local media saying that the National Heritage Council of Namibia has indicated that the remains of Owambo, Damara and San people were also taken to Germany during the colonial period.
“Our fight is to get reparation from the German government for the genocide committed on two tribes,” Muinjangue emphasised.
OvaHerero Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako echoed Muinjangue’s sentiments, saying it is important to know that the extermination order was directed toward the OvaHerero in 1904 and the Nama people in 1905.
“These people must consider to be compensated for the loss of lives and properties,” he stated.
He also urged the two communities not to fight amongst themselves, and to instead unite for a common course, that of reparation.