controversy surrounding parliamentary debates on the “agreement

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The National Assembly of Namibia is discussing the billion-dollar aid proposed by the German authorities to “compensate” for the genocide of the Herero and Nama people in 1904 and 1908. This sum is intended to support various development projects over a period of time. Thirty years old. The agreement has been debated by the deputies since Tuesday. These discussions should have been held in June but they were postponed due to the pandemic. The Namibian government, in negotiations for 6 years with the German authorities, considers this text acceptable. This is not the view of several opposition parties, which are still strongly mobilized against this vote.

Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital to say “no to this agreement”. Some even climbed the portal at the entrance to the National Assembly to reach the doors of the building.

Several representatives of the political opposition have spoken publicly to the protesters, such as the mayor of Windhoek, Job Amupanda: “Parliament will not resolve the issue of genocide. The debates must take place on the street. Debates must take place within societies. The debates must take place with the traditional authorities! ”

No debates without representatives of the affected peoples Opponents sent a petition to the Vice-President of the National Assembly asking her not to continue the debates without representatives of the peoples affected by the genocide. The protesters also demand a sum greater than billions of dollars, and that it be directly allocated to the victims’ descendants.

Within the National Assembly, the debates are lively. “We must have in our hands the declaration that is about to be signed!” Lies Esther Muinjangue, Deputy Minister of Health, against this agreement.

Discussions continue. If the text is voted, opponents have promised to continue to make their voices heard.

The German authorities had announced that they wanted to go to the country once the agreement had been signed by the two parties, in particular to make an official apology.

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