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

Sub-Committee on Advocacy, Community Mobilization, Partnerships & Satellites Offices

About Us

What We Do

  • Led by a Chairperson reporting directly to the OGF Chairperson and working directly with that Office and all its support wings, this subcommittee shall expand and build-on the excellent advocacy and mobilization work done over the many years of OGF existence. Particular emphasis will be placed on the production of readily available materials, translated in indigenous languages, in the format of short handbooks/pocketbooks, brochures and pamphlets for easy distribution. Of critical importance in this area is a beefed-up online presence where a dedicated OGF website must be set-up as a matter of urgency;
  • For purposes of building local alliances and harnessing partnerships in Namibia, educational visits to various regions within Namibia will be programmed. Chiefly critical, visible presence in the largely OvaHerero inhabited regions shall be established through satellite Offices and or organizations responsible for grass-root advocacy and mobilization but also linkage between communities and central leadership.

PROGRAMME LEADER

Sub-Committee on Advocacy, Community Mobilization, Partnerships & Satellites Offices