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 land.