THERE are reports that German special envoy Ruprecht Polenz stated recently that the Holocaust cannot be compared with the 1904-1908 Nama and OvaHerero genocide because the killing of the Jews was worse.
It’s impossible to comprehend how Polenz as a high-ranking diplomat could make such a horrible pronouncement. His cynical utterance is absolutely unacceptable because it smells of blatant racism. After this statement Polenz does not deserve to enter Namibian soil anymore.
It is also worth noting that the German government is reluctant to take care of its historical obligations of an official apology and payment of reparations. Its proposal to establish a special development fund in Namibia instead of direct reparations is a real mockery to the dignity of the Namibian people.
Some of our politicians are rumoured that they want to accept this handout because of the country’s acute need in foreign assistance. But if our Government adopts the German proposal then it would mean a betrayal of its people. Such decision would undermine confidence of ordinary Namibians in the ruling party and affect the results of the coming general elections. On the other hand there is a chance to go cheap now instead of wait and later get a substantial sum of money.
Since there is no progress in negotiations with Germans it’s time to think about other options to settle the issue of genocide. Why not attract the attention of the international community to this problem and to raise it in the UN? Namibia has friendly relations with many countries in the world and it will definitely receive their support.
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