Genocide motion to be taken to Pan African Parliament

A motion on the genocide of the Ovaherero and Nama, which was planned to be tabled in the Pan African Parliament (PAP) did not happen, the Windhoek Observer has been informed reliably.

The 1st Ordinary Session of the Sixth Parliament of PAP ended in Johannesburg, yesterday without the much anticipated tabling of the motion.

The content of the motion, which was to be moved by the leader of the Landless Peoples Movement, Bernadus Swartbooi, has not been revealed pending its tabling, but the

Windhoek Observer was reliably informed about the existence of such a motion and its intended tabling in the PAP.

It is not clear at this stage what may have led to it not see the light of the day or whether it disappeared somewhere in the bureaucratic elitist and conservative bureaucracy of PAP, having been scuppered, why and by who?

PAP is one of the many avenues the descendants of the survivors of genocide are now turning to in their relentless quest for restorative justice. This is in view of the continued intransigence by both the Namibian government and its German counterpart to heed their plea for direct representation in whatever endeavour purported by the two governments to be in the cause of restorative justice. Many similar endeavours have been which been rejected by a section of descendants of the survivors have rejected, the latest being the Joint Declaration hatched last May in Berlin after six years of negotiations between the two governments, based among others that it was from its inception not handled to their liking nor has it been in and to the best interest of the cause of Genocide, Apology and Reparations as per letter and spirit of the 2006 National Assembly resolution.

This is despite, the two governments seeming determined to push through with the JD.

Proving this is an Addendum to the JD which was sent to the government of the Federal Republic of Germany this July by the Namibian government. An Addendum which the descendants of the survivors of genocide are not aware and have not even been given a glimpse during the Chiefs Forum convened by Vice President Nangolo Mbumba on 27 October.

Members of Parliament were also not privileged with its content before it was sent to Germany.

Lawyer Patrick Kauta, of the law firm Kauta, Weder and Hoveka, through another avenue, the descendants of genocide survivors have written to the Attorney General seeking clarification on

matters pertaining to the Joint Declaration with the intention to eventually challenge its implementation by the Namibian government in court.

Meantime PAP in a media release posted on its website, has hailed the just ended session as “a turning point.”

“The key milestone of the just concluded statutory engagement is the unanimous adoption by the PAP Plenary of a motion to amend the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament the long-awaited process to effectively address past confusion and ambiguities while creating a conducive environment for the operation of the legislative organ of the African Union (AU). The first

Ordinary Session of the sixth Parliament has also adopted a series of pertinent, realistic and purposeful resolutions and recommendations that contribute to the African Union agenda in the areas of peace and security, food security, gender parity, trade and policing among others,”

reads the media release.

It would be any wonder if Swartbooi and many descendants of the survivors of genocide would share in this excitement until their motion on genocide sails through this parliament. Namibia is represented at this parliament by Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Loide Kasingo, who is heading the Namibian parliamentary delegation comprising of Swartbooi, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM)’s President, McHenry Venaani and Hamunyera Hambyuka and Gerhard Shiimi,

both of Swapo.

By Observer