Windhoek – Namibian Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba says the President of Germany, Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will deliver a formal public apology for the atrocities committed by his country against the Nama and Ovaherero people during the 1904-1908 genocide.
The apology will be delivered in the Namibian Parliament on a date to be announced.
VP Mbumba was addressing Namibians formally on Friday for the first time after the Southern African country sealed an agreement with Germany on the genocide that wiped out three-quarters of the Nama and Ovaherero population.
“The German Government has agreed to offer a public apology to both the affected communities and the Namibian population on a date to be announce. The apology will be made in the Namibian parliament at a time agreed by the two government,” VP Mbumba said.
The Namibian VP said Germany would extend developmental assistance to Namibia through a US$1.3 billion facility that would primarily target the affected communities.
He said the two governments had also agreed on implementation of a reconciliation programme to bridge the gap between the countries.