Resolving Past Issues to Improve the Future

On the 13th till 18th of July, Germany’s President of the National Council Daniel Günther was on an official visit to Namibia

July 28th, 2019
Margareta Calugher, News from Berlin
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On 13th of July, Germany’s President of the National Council Daniel Günther, Premier of Schleswig-Holstein, was received by the Nabimian President Hage Geingob at the Presidential Palace.

Germany officially recognized its historical guilt and moral responsibility for the suffering it caused to Namibia as a colonial power.

At the special National Council session organized on the occasion of Günther’s visit, President Günther addressed the colonial history by declaring that “The horrors that Germans perpetrated on the people of this country at the beginning of the 20th century – in particular on the Herero and Nama – remain unforgotten”. Daniel Günther was the first foreign dignitary ever to address the Namibia’s National Council.

On the same day Günther laid flowers on the Memorial Park Cemetery in the town of Swakopmund where the German colonial power operated a prison camp during the Herero and Nama uprising from 1904 to 1908.

During his visit, President Daniel Günther also met with Namibia’s Parliament President Loide L. Kasingo and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, as well as with the Federal Council President Margaret Mensah-Williams with whom he discussed investment opportunities for the German economy, and the framework conditions for them.


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