The Namibian government says Germany will spend more than 0 years on infrastructure, healthcare and training projects.
Germany has agreed to invest more than fund 1.1 billion (b 1.b billion) in funding a project in Namibia for more than a century, in recognition of its role in the massacre and seizure of property in the colony more than a century ago.
Between 1904 and 1908, German colonial forces killed thousands of Herrero and Nama people when the group rebelled against German rule in the city of German Southwest Africa.
Survivors were taken to the desert, where many could be used as slave labor in concentration camps, and many died of cold, malnutrition, and fatigue.
Namibia’s presidential spokesman Alfredo Hengari said on Thursday that the special envoys of the two countries had jointly announced on May 15 that a framework agreement would be reached after the ninth round of talks on the issues ended.
Reuters news agency reported that Hen Nagari said that an official apology should be made from Germany. He said the implementation process could begin only after the president spoke to the affected communities.
Herrero Paramount chief Vekui Rukoro told Reuters the deal was a “sale”.
The German Foreign Ministry did not immediately comment. Asked on Wednesday if the agreement was close, a German foreign ministry spokesman said the minister had updated the status of the talks the day before the cabinet and that Germany was signing a secret agreement with Namibia.
An estimated 65,000 of the 800,000 Germans living in South West Africa and 10,000 of the estimated 20,000 Namas died during this period.
Namibian media reported on Thursday morning that Germany had agreed to fund 1.1 billion euros (.3 1.3 billion) in infrastructure, health care and training programs that would directly benefit the affected communities.
Rukuro, who filed a lawsuit in Germany seeking compensation in the United States, said the settlement was not enough for the two communities, which had suffered “irreparable damage” from German colonial forces.
“We have a problem with that kind of agreement, which we feel is the full wicket of the Namibian government,” Rukuro told Reuters.
Germany ruled Namibia from 1 Nam8484 until it lost its colony during World War I.
The area was placed under South African administration in 1920, until 1990 when it became independent.
The German government has acknowledged “moral responsibility” for the killings, which one minister described as “genocide”, but Berlin has not issued an official apology to prevent compensation claims.
In 2015, it began formal talks with Namibia on the issue, and in 2010 it returned the remains of a skull and genocide tribe that had been used in the colonial era to claim European ethnic superiority.