Namibian opposition criticises genocide compensation deal with Germany

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Publish Date: 12:20 - 23 September 2021
Thursday, 22 September 2021 (YJC)_ Namibian opposition lawmakers criticised compensation offer from Germany for its 1904-1908 genocide.

Namibian opposition criticises genocide compensation deal with GermanyDuring a heated parliamentary debate, Namibian opposition lawmakers on Wednesday criticised a 1.1 billion euro ($1.3 billion) compensation offer from Germany for its 1904-1908 genocide in the southwest African country and called on the government to renegotiate terms.

Namibia’s government said in May that Germany had agreed to fund projects over 30 years to atone for killings and property seizures more than a century ago that killed tens of thousands of Namibians who defied German colonial rule.

But opposition parties and traditional leaders from affected communities are angry about the offer, as they say it is too small and that they were not involved in the negotiations.

On Tuesday, around 300 protesters stormed Namibia’s parliament when Germany’s offer was tabled.

Namibia’s parliament sits between Tuesdays and Thursdays.

A representative of the Germany embassy in the capital Windhoek asked for questions in writing but did not respond in time for publication.

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