ONCD holds genocide victims remembrance day

31 May 2017 09:00am
WINDHOEK, 30 MAY (NAMPA) - About 300 people gathered at Ovambanderu Commando next to the Katutura Old Age Home to remember the lives of those who died at the hands of German colonial forces between 1904 and 1908.
Organised by the Ovaherero/Ovambanderu and Nama Council for Dialogue (ONDC) 1904-1908 Genocide, the commemoration included prayers preceded by the lighting of candles and a brief history of what happened during the genocide.
Speaking at the event, ONCD Chairperson Jeffrey Kavendjii said the genocide is one of the darkest parts of Namibian history and need not to be forgotten.
“When we talk of this brutal killing of our people, we are talking of children who lost their parents, husbands, wives and families that were torn apart.”
He told Nampa the ONCD intended holding the unofficial remembrance day on 28 May but could not do so this year because of the past long weekend, and decided to have it on Monday.
All German-run concentration camps in Namibia were ordered to close on 28 May1908 and political prisoners released. The day marked the official end of the genocide.
A motion to declare 28 May ‘National Genocide Remembrance Day’, has reached Parliament.
The motion was tabled by Swanu of Namibia President Usutuaije Maamberua in the National Assembly in April 2016, with the aim for Government to enact 28 May as a national day.
The motion was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitution and Legal Affairs for further consultation with the public and relevant stakeholders, which started with its public consultations earlier this month.
Consultations focus on the proposed remembrance day and to determine a suitable date for the commemoration.
Residents of the //Kharas, Otjozondjupa and Kavango East regions that have been consulted in this regard thus far.