Amukwiyu condemns tribal-motivated talks

04 Apr 2016 19:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 04 APR (NAMPA) – The Swapo coordinator in the Oshikoto Region has criticized some members of the Ovaherero and Nama communities who are accusing Government of not involving representatives of the two tribes in the reparation talks.
Armas Amukwiyu viewed the reparation talks as a “return to a tribal and Bantustan nation”.
He was referring to some members of the Ovaherero and Nama Genocide Committee who demands that they be involved in the reparation talks between the Namibian and German governments, because the Ovaherero and Namas are the direct descendants of the victims of the said genocide.
Between 24 000 and 100 000 Ovaherero and 10 000 Nama people died between 1904 and 1908, following an extermination order issued by a top German colonial army general.
In an interview with Nampa on Monday, Amukwiyu argued it is not proper to single out the Ovaherero and Nama only for reparation talks because of the atrocities perpetrated by the German colonial forces against Namibian people.
He demanded to know whether people who went missing in northern Namibia at the hands of South African colonial forces during the war of Namibia’s liberation are less important than German genocide victims.
“I commend the Namibian Government for engaging with the German Government, government to government, as the Namibian Government is the representative of the people of Namibia,” said the regional coordinator.
He went on to say all those who want to be part of the negotiations should be part of either the German delegation or the Namibian delegation, and not “a third force to negotiate tribal gains”.
Amukwiyu said Namibia will never be divided by tribalism.
He wants to see Namibian people think of Namibia as one country, “from Ariamsvlei to Katwitwi; Chinchimani to Omuhama; and Walvis Bay to Buitepos”.
Amukwiyu, at the same time, urged the government to remain steadfast in condemning tribalism in whatever form or shape.
In a statement delivered at belated Independence celebrations hosted by the Oniipa Constituency office at the Oshilulu village in the Oshikoto Region on Saturday, Amukwiyu said the people of Namibia are “one nation”.
“Tribalism has no place in Namibia as we liberated a unitary state, not a divided state,” he said.
Amukwiyu reminded the people of Namibia that the independence they are celebrating today, and sometimes take for granted, did not come on a “silver platter”.
“If you cannot respect the sacrifices made by the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) and the Swapo Party under the leadership of Comrade Sam Nujoma in pre-independence, then you will never appreciate anything in life,” he argued.