8 COLUMN Wednesday, February 28 2018 | NEW ERA On immanuel Ngatjizeko’s retirement from Cabinet StrideS with Uncle Bob Kandetu Immanuel Ngatjizeko was one of Namibia’s children of the storm. Others that come to mind are Nashilongo Jesriel Taapopi, Solomon Gamatam, Mokganedi Tlhabanelo, Jason Angula, Ida Jimmy, Alfeus !Naruseb, Asser Kapere, Bernhard Esau, Immanuel Mwatara, Kuzaune Charles Tjijenda, Daniel Tjongarero, Steve Hondjera, Kilus Nguvauva, Joshua Hoebeb, Rikumbi Kandanga, Ida Hofman, Kamae Veseevete, Gerson Veii, Muhorutuuo Ndjoze and Hauanga Komeheke. This list is very long. Unlike with the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, SWAPO in Namibia was not effectively banned by the Apartheid regime from political activities and the movement could still organise political rallies, albeit under trying circumstances. Ngatjizeko was for the longest time SWAPO’s administrative secretary inside the country, a post also held by Moses Garoeb in exile during the struggle. It so happened that each time there was a SWAPO rally, Ngatjizeko would be one of the people arrested and mostly kept for weeks. In the end he could not hold a job and just loitered around, only to be arrested again at the next SWAPO rally. In addition to his strong administrative skills and that must have accounted for his position as administrative secretary, Ngatjizeko was a gifted systematic speaker at public rallies. Like Joshua Hoebeb, he was soft spoken but each time his sharp tongue got him into trouble. Once, SWAPO organised a very big rally at Oluno in the north and both Ngatjizeko and Hoebeb were billed to speak. When Ngatjizeko took to the podium, the rally went wild. But the straw that broke the camel’s back at this rally was Hoebeb. He took the microphone and procuded a soft orange from the side pocket of his jacket and for about two minutes he said nothing but sucked juice out of his orange, to the amazement of the crowds. He then visibly threw away the remainder of the orange and said: “You Koevoet and Makakunyas, you puppet chiefs in Namibia, this is what the Boers will do when they are done with you. They will throw The crowds went thunderous, but it was the end of the event as the para-military groups took over the rally. They attacked the crowds as if they were promised pay rise for killing and maiming. Ngatjizeko ran into some direction and out of despair entered a house where some residents had taken cover. As his eyes got used to the darkness, in the house he spotted a Kakunya holding a gun in silence. He said on. I asked Ngatjizeko what had gone through his mind as he ran from this house and he responded thta he was convinced that this Kakunya had turned his gun on him and he was just surprised he did not shoot at him. I came to know Ngatjizeko through his brother Stanley Kozonguizi - who is my best friend - at whose house Ngatjizeko resided. Both were sons of Jariretundu Kozonguizi’s deceased elder brother. Each time when word was out for his arrest, Stanley and I would juggle him around town to various hiding places. Sometimes it would work out but in the end police would track him down. Evidently this did not endear us to the woman in his life at the time, who became weary of this game, as she could not keep track of this juggling business. As the struggle intensified - Ngatjizeko’s role in national politics became critical. One Monday morning he was arrested from Stanley’s house after a stormy SWAPO rally in Katutura and he would disappear for weeks. Stanley and I had our worst fears as we knew about his contacts in the previous week with freedom police had gotten wind of some of his clandestine but noble activities. Indeed our fears were founded. During his interrogations it came to light that some of the freedom captured and this accounted for his long detention, characterised by extensive interrogations, with intermittent physical torture that at times left him unconscious for hours. Ngatjizeko’s own worst fears during his interrogations police brought in a freedom fighter. Ngatjizeko recognised this young man as one of the people he had assisted and his heart must have fallen in his shoes from fright. During this occasion there was no interaction, his interrogators mumbled something to the free- look into Ngatjizeko’s face, he nodded and was ushered away. This was to account for the long wait while Ngatjizeko was in detention. The grapevine brought to light that he was being prepared for a long court hearing at which he was to be charged under the Terrorism Act and that would dispatch him to Robben Island. SWAPO had no illusions and was getting ready for this one as they knew what it all meant for him and other comrades and on our part we had started to prepare the family for the pain that was on its way. Suddenly he was released and this accounted for celebration in the townships and throughout the nation. It later came to light that police, in their thrust to strengthen their case, must have taken the the material witness, to the forest in order that he may identify the place where he had hidden his weapons. They left their vehicle at a spot and as they walked through the bushes, the young man tried to run away, police shot and killed him. The case of the state against Ngatjizeko collapsed and that is how he avoided his potential long Robben Island honeymoon by the skin of his teeth. Kandetu´s genocide allegation outrageous and preposterous Over the past two years that I have had the honour to represent the Federal Republic of Germany in Namibia I have been confronted time and again on the basis of factually wrong, misconstrued, ill-minded, derogatory and even intentionally insulting statements, comments and remarks by – primarily – Namibian political activists, journalists and commentators towards Germany, the German people and sometimes myself. During my long diplomatic career, I have served in many foreign countries. In all of them, I experienced situations when Germany and the respective host country would not agree on matters of political importance. There is nothing wrong with that. Never, however, would journalists and commentators turn to a language as derogatory as the one used in Mr. Bob Kandetu´s article, as printed in the New Era edition of February 21, 2018, where he states that: “…contemporary German thinking was publicly expressed by the German Ambassador to Namibia on the 4th of August 2017, when he said that Germany´s killing of Ovaherero and Nama of it was done in self-defence. It goes without saying that in their DNA the German government does not feel remorse……because to them the extermination orders were Thus, what Kandetu said is that I, the German Ambassador, and the German government justify the killing of Ovaherero and Nama and this is part of our DNA! This is outrageous and preposterous and beats, indeed, everything that I have been confronted with during my tenure in Namibia. Of course, we reject this allegation in the strongest terms. In order to support his allegations, Kandetu referred to an article by Ms Jemima Beukes published in Namibian Sun of August 4, 2017. As he does not seem to be informed about the background, I take the liberty to set the record straight. On June 15, 2017 I delivered a speech to members of the German School Association on the occasion of their annual general meeting. The meeting took place on the premises of the German Private School, DHPS. I delivered my speech in German. The German language newspaper “Allgemeine my speech in German. Now, neither Ms Beukes attended the meeting nor her knowledge of the German language understand what others had written about my speech. Unfortunately, that did not deter her from writing her own version of the events. Thus, she told her readers: “Germany ….believes that the atrocities committed against the Nama and Ovaherero people during the Already then this outrageous allegation had, of course, nothing in common with the truth. However, what I did say in my speech was the following: “We (Germany and Namibia) strive for a result which should deal with the following topics: for the events from 1904 to 1907. The focus will be on how the term text. 2. Germany is ready to apologise committed in Germany´s name during this time. It remains important for Germany that such an apology shall be accepted by Namibia as marking the end of the moral discussion. We will talk about the necessary details of such an apology. 3. Developing a common cial support for measures for the development primarily of those regions in Namibia, where the then mainly affected communities do live still today. In this context a major aspect shall be to empower the youth of the country to master the challenges which lie ahead of them on their way into the 21st century. Absolutely nothing in my statement supports Mr Kandetu´s outrageous allegation! Nevertheless, he uses Ms Beukes´ article and repeats the allegation with his own even stron- himself with her allegation, but he takes it up as his opinion. Thus, the question remains: Why did he write what he wrote, what drives him and what is his intention? *Christian Schlaga is the German Ambassador to Namibia.
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