Vice president says current wars could affect genocide negotiations

Vice president Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Thursday cautioned traditional leaders against pinning their hopes on Germany with regards to genocide reparation negotiations.

She said this in the face of Germany’s “highly polarised” political stance on the ongoing conflict in Gaza and Ukraine.

Nandi-Ndaitwah said this could lead to the negotiations “going on indefinitely”.

She was addressing the chiefs of the communities affected by the 1904 to 1908 genocide during a consultation on the ongoing negotiations between Namibia and Germany.

The last time the government gathered the chiefs, it announced a funding deal of €1,1 billion over 30 years, which was rejected.

This led to president Nangolo Mbumba agreeing to go back to renegotiate the deal.

This renegotiation was based on three elements, Nandi-Ndaitwah said last year.

“One is the time frame, which was 30 years. The parliament felt that this was too long, and whether we can negotiate to see how it can be reduced.

“The second one was the issue of the amount offered,” she said.

“[There is also] a question of whether there could be additional resources to really make sure the affected communities are put in a better position,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.

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