Namibia will continue to seek reparations on genocide: Mbumba

31 Aug 2018 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 31 AUG (NAMPA) – The Namibian government will continue to seek genuine acknowledgement, apology and reparations from Germany over colonial atrocities committed against OvaHerero and Nama people during the 1904-1908 genocide.
Vice President Nangolo Mbumba assured this to the nation on Friday at the third repatriation of 27 human remains of Namibian origin from Germany at Parliament Gardens.
“We will not relent from this course of dialogue with the German government, neither do we intend to sacrifice the suffering of our people for any political or economic expediency,” he said.
He expressed appreciation to the affected Ovaherero and Nama communities who have put their confidence and trust in the government’s efforts to negotiate an acceptable outcome of restorative justice with Germany on reparation matters.
Mbumba also strongly appealed to the members of the affected communities who have not yet joined the dialogue for reparations under the leadership of Government’s Special Envoy, Zedekia Ngavirue, to do so with no further delays.
“It would be for us to seek closure on this matter as a united Namibian nation in a united Namibian House.”
Further, Mbumba appealed to the German government to fully assume its moral, historical and legal responsibilities on the matter by speeding up the conclusion of the negotiations on the 1904-1908 genocide, particularly on the core issues of acknowledgement, apology and reparations.
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa led the 74-member Namibian delegation to Germany for the third repatriation of the 27 human remains.
The first collection of the human remains of Namibian origin from Germany was done in 2011 while the second was effected in 2014.