SPYL calls on Govt to support OvaHerero-Nama reparation demands

14 Apr 2015 11:20am
OTJIWARONGO, 14 APR (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary for Legal Affairs has called on Government to support demands for compensation from the current German government for the 1904-1908 OvaHerero-Nama genocide.
Naftali Kambungu on Sunday issued a media statement here, urging Government to unwaveringly support the OvaHerero and Nama people's quest for reparation.
He said it is evident that notorious German General Lothar von Trotha who was the chief colonial regime army commander at the time, had systematically instructed the massacre of OvaHerero and Nama people between 1904 and 1908.
Kambungu said Von Trotha had poisoned earth dams and wells which the majority of OvaHerero and Nama depended on for water.
As a result, approximately 100 000 OvaHerero and 10 000 Nama died from thirst, starvation and in subsequent battles during the genocide.
“The genocide issue must not be politicised because it is a humanitarian issue,” said the youth leader.
Kambungu, who is also the chairperson of SPYL national leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region, said the German government must compensate them like it did the German Jews.
German dictator Adolf Hitler and his Nazi followers attempted to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Europe. Some 6 million Jews were killed during the Nazi holocaust between 1938 to 1945.