By Mazino Dickson
The Head of Germany’s Bundesrat upper house of parliament has admitted that atrocities committed by German troops in the former German colony of South West Africa, modern-day Namibia amount to genocide.
Daniel Guenther made the confession while addressing Namibianlawmakers in the capital, Windhoek.
South West Africa was a German colony from 1884 to 1915.
“The horrors that Germans committed at the beginning of the 20th century against the people of this country, especially the Herero and Nama, are unforgotten.
“The atrocities committed in Germany’s name were what today would be called genocide and the consequences of the crimes are still having an effect.’’ Guenther said.
While the German government has recognised the killings of the Herero and Nama groups as genocide, neither the upper or the lower house of parliament have followed suit.
The Herero ethnic group has demanded an apology from the lower house, the Bundestag, for the crimes committed during this time.
Both ethnic groups targeted in the massacres have demanded financial compensation.
Guenther said Germany is hoping to find a joint solution with the Namibian government.