Genocide

Long-held, known German position, there was no genocide and no reparations – Hoffmann

Staff Writer The Reconciliation Agreement/Joint Declaration is nothing but a confirmation of the long-held and entrenched position of the government of the Federal Republic of Germany that no genocide was committed against the Nama and Ovaherero, thus no reparations. Says former Swapo Party of Namibia Member of Parliament (MP), and Founder and Chairperson of the Nama Genocide Technical Committee, Ida Hoffmann, adding her voice and weight to Genocide and Reparations campaign now shifting its determined focus to the international governmental and non-govermental organisations, particularly the United Nations. This is with regard to the controversial and lately much-talked about Reconciliation Agreement,…
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Joint Declaration debate must have no sham heroes/heroines nor villains

This May the Namibian government and its German counterpart have been purported to have reached an agreement on Genocide, Apology and Reparations. An agreement which has since seen a stage managed opposing views among the descendants of the survivors of the 1904-1908 Genocide of the Nama, Ovambanderu and Ovaherero. With a section of the affected communities embracing the deal, despite having reservations about it, especially the quantum of N$18 billion offered by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany. Not as reparations as some close to the negotiations have been maintaining but as a goodwill gesture towards helping a…
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No resting in peace KK but now than ever your spirit must live on!

After about two weeks of endless tributes, some heartfelt, others which may eventually prove purely opportunistic, the casket containing the mortal remains of a real son of the soil, KK, as Kazenambo Kazenambo came to be known to both friend and foe, was on Saturday, August 28, lowered into the grave to presumably forever commit KK to eternity, and likewise for some his legacy. Going by the popular comforting Biblical verse often afforded and accorded the bereaved family and loved ones of the departed, if not the departed herself/himself, Yours Truly Ideologically fall in line echoing the said verse: Two…
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Genocide deal review urged

Genocide deal review urged

Tujoromajo Kasuto and Kandjemuni Kamuiiri Political commentators in Namibia and abroad have urged the German government to relook at its offer and how it handled negotiations that have led to a deal being announced between the country and the Namibian government. This comes as representatives of the descendants of the victims of the genocide have unanimously rejected the deal as well as an apology offered by German Foreign Affairs Minister, Heiko Maas. On the rejections of the deal in Namibia, President of the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) and German Historian, Jürgen Zimmerer, stated that “it is a missed…
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‘Rushed’ genocide deal questioned

‘Rushed’ genocide deal questioned

Kandjemuni Kamuiiri Concerns have been raised around the agreement reached between Namibia and Germany over the Nama and Ovaherero genocide reparations. This is amid concerns the imminent deal was rushed and might not come out in the best interest of Namibia after almost six years of negotiations. According to political analyst, Henning Melber, the announced agreement set to be signed in two weeks’ time, will be in the best interest of Germany, as it brings the negotiations to a close ahead of the country’s elections scheduled for September. “This might not have been in the best strategic interest of the…
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Traditional authorities vow to take case to US Supreme Court

Traditional authorities vow to take case to US Supreme Court

Andrew Kathindi Genocide descendants have vowed to continue the fight “in and out of court” after the US Court of Appeals, last week, dismissed their case brought after they unsuccessfully sued the German government for reparations for the atrocities committed from 1904-1908 in US Federal Court. Paramount Chief Advocate of the Ovaherero Traditional Authority, Vekuii Rukoro and Gaob Johannes Isaack of the Nama Traditional Leaders Association, have instructed their lawyers in New York to file a Petition for Rehearing and for "En Banc" Proceedings, following a USA Court of Appeals’ decision, which they say had “fundamental legal error at its…
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