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Namibia asks Germany to revisit genocide reparation offer

Christian Fernsby |
Vice President Nangolo Mbumba says Namibia has formally asked the German government to revisit the reparation package of 1.1 billion euros (about 1.3 billion U.S. dollars) for the genocide committed between 1904 and 1908.

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Mbumba, who was addressing Namibians for the first time on Friday, since reaching a deal with Germany over the genocide, said the president of Germany would soon deliver a formal public apology, ThisNigeria reports.

He said the apology is to be said in the Namibian parliament on the atrocities committed against the Nama and Ovaherero people during the 1904-1908 genocide.

“The German government has agreed to offer a public apology to both the affected communities and the Namibian population on a date to be announced.

“The apology will be made in the Namibian parliament at a time agreed by the two governments.

“No amount of money is ever enough to compensate the loss of life.

“We must understand that the two governments have gone through long negotiations,’’ he said.

Mbumba said that Nambia has formally asked the German government to reconsider the offer.

“As we go ahead, this is an ongoing process,” he said.

Mbumba said the Germans would not only contribute developmental assistance to the Namibians through the pledged 1.3 billion U.S. dollars but would also cater to the affected communities.

He added that two governments had also agreed on the implementation of a reconciliation program to heal the affected communities as well as to bridge the gap between the two countries.

According to Mbumba, the Namibian government would also submit the last agreed settlement to parliament for scrutiny.

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