Swanu demands reparation from Germany for genocide

26 Jun 2015 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 26 JUN (NAMPA) – Swanu of Namibia president Usutuaije Maamberua says his party is demanding a formal apology from the German Government for the genocide committed against the OvaHerero and Nama communities in Namibia.
“In this regard, Namibia's mission should be to reach compensation and to return all 4 000 to 6 000 human skulls from Germany,” he said during a media conference here on Thursday.
In 2011, 20 skulls belonging to genocide victims were returned and in 2014, 35 human skulls of Namibian origin were handed over to the Namibian Government.
Thousands of OvaHerero and Nama people were killed between 1904 and 1908 by then colonial German forces.
In 2004, the German government recognised and apologised for the events, but has ruled out financial compensation for the victims' descendants.
The Swanu leader said the Namibian nation should not be derailed “along this very difficult and odious journey” and thus called on all sectors of the country to join the struggle for the demand for reparation.
“In particular, we are calling on all political parties including the ruling party Swapo to express itself on this matter. We are calling on all the trade unions, Council of Churches in Namibia, Council of Traditional Leaders and all non-Governmental organisations to join the struggle,” he said.
The politician noted that Namibia should not sit idle hoping that Germany will initiate dialogue on reparation.
The party also called on President Hage Geingob to start broad-based consultations with the affected communities to then start engaging with the German Government immediately.
Swanu also called on the international community, including the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) to express themselves on the issue and to support the party's demand for reparation.