Rukoro, Fredericks to go to the US for genocide case

10 Mar 2017 09:30am
WINDHOEK, 10 MAR (NAMPA) - Representatives of the Nama and Ovaherero people will travel to New York next week for preliminary consultations with a judge of the United States Federal Court in its case against the German government.
Ovaherero Chief, Advocate Vekuii Rukoro and Chairperson of the Nama Traditional Authorities Association, David Frederick filed a federal class action lawsuit on 05 January in the New York, US Federal Court. They are demanding inclusion in the negotiation process between Namibia and Germany, and financial reparations for the 1904-1908 genocide by the German army that saw about 100 000 people perish.
Speaking at a media briefing in the capital Thursday, Rukoro said they have approached the United States Federal Court through their lawyers in New York to force the German leadership to show cause.
Rukoro said they remain resolute to force the German government to “come clean”, record publicly that the extermination of their people constituted an act of genocide, and to apologise publicly to the genocide victims and to the Namibian Government.
“We want the German regime to pay reparations to our people for having traumatised, murdered, humiliated, killed, expropriated their wealth, destroying their cultural fabric and for having expelled them off their ancestral land,” he said.
Representatives of the descendants of the genocide victims have been pushing for direct dialogue with Germany as they are of the opinion that they bore the brunt of the genocide directly.
Germany, on the other hand, prefers dialogue through the Namibian Government.