Germany must pay up: Mbumba

08 Nov 2015 17:00pm
BERSEBA, 8 NOV (NAMPA) – Swapo Party secretary general Nangolo Mbumba said the Namibian Government would ensure that Namibians get the best deal out of reparation discussions with Germany.
Addressing Swapo Party members during a rally at Berseba on Saturday, Mbumba said the recent decision by Germany to commence talks was the first time since independence it had agreed to do so.
“The crimes committed against those in the southern, central and other parts of the country will be accounted for,” he said.
Mbumba asked people to be calm and to allow the negotiations to take place unhindered.
“The Germans like to fight, but this time, let us be strong and clever, let those who are appointed do their work do so and report to us.”
Mbumba said the Namibia German Special Initiative Programme, which is worth nearly half a billion Namibian dollars, cannot be a replacement for genuine commitment from the German government.
“We cannot accept a goat for them killing our people,” he said of the initiative which included allocations of goats to upcoming farmers.
Mbumba said the country needed development in areas of water, housing, agriculture, health and education, suggesting talks would focus on these areas.
“We want to be a winning nation to shine in everything including sports, and we want every single Namibian child to receive a good education,” he said.