Genocide petition to be handed over by Rukoro only

30 Sep 2015 17:40pm


Only OvaHerero Traditional Authority (OTA) Chief, Vekuii Rukoro and one of his followers will hand over the petition to the German ambassador to Namibia on Thursday.

This is the condition of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in relation to the receipt of the petition by the OvaHerero Genocide Committee (OGC), according to an official in that embassy.

"Chief Vekuii Rukoro of the OvaHerero Traditional Authority (OTA) will be received by the Deputy Head of Mission of the German Embassy, Ullrich Kinne after which he will meet Ambassador Christian Matthias Schlaga to hand over the petition," said the official who declined to be named.

The agreed time for the handing over is 11h00 on Thursday 01 October 2015. Rukoro has called for intensified action from Nama and OvaHerero chiefs ahead of the 02 October deadline given to the German Government to respond to calls for reparation.

Speaking at a unification event for the Nama and Herero from Namibia, South Africa and Botswana during the !Aman Cultural Festival at Bethanie on Saturday, he implored the affected chiefs to converge in Windhoek on Wednesday to hand over a petition to the German Embassy on Thursday, one day ahead of the deadline.

He said the Nama and OvaHerero were expecting the German Government to officially acknowledge that genocide was committed when 80 per cent of OvaHerero and 50 per cent of the Nama populations were wiped out.

German soldiers under the command of General Lothar von Throtha and the German Government committed the killings from 1896 to 1908 and imprisoned thousands more in concentration camps.

A member of the OGC, Edwin Tjiramba told Nampa on enquiry Wednesday that although they have bowed to the ?two-man? condition of the embassy, it is clear that Germany handles their case on the basis of tribalism.

"They paid the Jewish for something which happened in the same fashion as what happened to us. Is it because we are black that we are treated this way?" he wanted to know.

Although Germany has not responded formally, it has acknowledged that the crime committed by the then German troops was indeed genocide. Tjiramba said they expect Germany to pass a parliamentary resolution in this regard.

"What we have heard thus far is opinions of certain individuals and nothing official," he said. (NAMPA) UT/ND/LI