Namibia. According to
CountryAAH, the total population in Namibia is 2,540,916 people in 2020.
The government indicated that it wanted to speed
up land reform and that white landowners were under pressure
to sell their land. The government assured that the change
of ownership should take place under peaceful conditions.
However, opposition leader Ben Ulenga warned that
expropriation of the whites' land would do great harm to
both agriculture and black farm workers.
In November, Hifikepunye Pohamba was elected to succeed
Sam Nujoma when he left power after 15 years in March 2005.
Pohamba received 76% of the vote, while his party SWAPO in
the parliamentary elections conducted simultaneously
received 55 of 72 seats - as many as in the election 1999.
Despite the huge vote support, criticism of the former
liberation movement's way of ruling the country is
increasing. In a report in August, the National Society of
Human Rights noted a marked increase in the last
twelve-month period of abusive statements by government
representatives against white, sexual minorities,
independent media and opposition politicians. The government
was also criticized for wasteful use of public funds.
In July, a Namibian-South African consortium signed an
agreement to build a gas power plant in Kudu in southwestern
N. The power plant will be ready in 2009 at a construction
cost of just over US $ 1 billion, making it the largest
investment in N's history. The capacity is estimated at
1,600 megawatts, which can be compared with Namibia's total
capacity today at 393 megawatts.
One hundred years after the colonial army massacre of the
gentlemen, the German government in August asked for
forgiveness. Deputy Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul said
at a memorial ceremony that the massacres of 1904 would
today be described as genocide. However, Germany is adamant
about not paying any special damages to herero. Nearly
65,000 people were killed between 1904 and 1907, after
herero revolted against German colonizers' theft of their