Namibian tribesmen resident in Botswana to launch reparation claim against Germany

APA-Gaborone (Botswana)

Scores of Ovaherero and Nama communities residing in Botswana have informed the government of their intention to lodge claims of reparation against the German government, The Telegraph reported here on Tuesday.

Chairperson of a group called Reparations of Botswana Case, Venonoka Njarakano is quoted as saying that they set up an interim committee last year.

According to Njarakano, they are mobilising Ovaherero and Nama tribesmen across Botswana to launch the claim.

”We have agreed that we should launch our claims here from Botswana instead of joining hands with our tribesmen in Namibia,” he is further quoted as saying.


He said they have since informed the government of Botswana that they intended to seek repatriations from Germany from Botswana instead of being part of those in Namibia.

“We are not in talks with the group on the matter. The only information we have is their intention to engage the German Government,” Botswana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wame Dechambenoit told The Telegraph.

The Herero and Nama genocide was a campaign of racial extermination and collective punishment that the German Empire undertook in German South West Africa (now Namibia) against the Herero, Nama and San people between 1904 and 1907.


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