Inclusivity and honesty in all Talks with Germany: “Germany knows who the children of the victims of her murderous policies a century back are and indeed currently where they live, she must therefore soonest cease with her gimmicks of wasting resources on engaging distant and unaffected parties in her so-called genocide negotiations AND in earnest directly engage Ovaherero and Nama leadership to find permanent closure to the horrific chapter of her disastrous colonial expedition South-West Africa which can only be effected through genuine and faithful accession to a legal agreement on reparation settlement, commensurate with her crimes and negotiated only with legitimate Ovaherero and Nama representatives. It is only a fallacy that a settlement for genocide crimes meted out against ethnic groupings in pre-modern southern African states times, can be arrived at without their bonafide voices and settled only with the state of Namibia. Whilst the state of Namibia, as home to the largest share of descendants of victim’s communities remains a key stakeholder in the discussion with the German state, it cannot wholly appropriate the campaign onto itself and preferred splinter Ovaherero and Nama groupings who in the main are extremely under-representative of the broader affected communities and are fully-absorbed into the government structure and as such enjoys no latitude and or leeway to independently speak for the aspirations of our communities. Equally, the “globalization” of descendants of that war principally implies that Ovaherero and Nama people are today global communities transcending territorial boundaries and thus no single state can rationally claim monopoly and full representation over them. Accordingly therefore, only their own leadership can fully and aptly articulate their interests now resident across multiple nation-states and thus any discussion about them is only adequately crafted to the extend it incorporates genuine representative voices from them !!!” Nandiuasora Mazeingo, OGF Chairperson, April, 2021

Chief Legal Advisor and Officer-in-Charge: Reparation, Restitution and Restoration.

About Us

What We Do

  • Serves as principal legal advisor to OGF and chiefly leads all communications on the current OvaHerero-Nama litigation efforts in New York Federal Court, USA.
  • Supported by five respective Chief Specialists in History, Economics, Jurisprudence, Development and Social-Phycology and Accountancy, serves as Officer in Charge of Reparation, Restitution and Restoration;
  • Serves as the 2nd principal Deputy to the Chairperson and as such, in the absence of the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, assumes all roles, powers and authorities of the Chairperson.
  • Shall take active role in the advocacy and mobilization efforts for purposes on building local and global networks and partnerships and shall in support of that effort specifically endeavor to produce scholarly and advocacy materials on the status of OvaHerero Genocide in Public International Law, the rights of descendants of OvaHerero victims to Restitution, Restoration under statutes speaking to the crime of Genocide.
  • This Office shall particularly study the language and implications of the Ancestral Land Rights Commission Report and craft an advisory note for OGF and by extension OTA but chiefly draw from it and other relevant literature a brad position paper on the validity and viability of OvaHerero pursuit for ancestral land restoration and restitution.

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Chief Legal Advisor and Officer-in-Charge