Namibia. According to
Countryaah website, the herero people filed a lawsuit in a US court
against German companies, including Deutsche Bank, for the
death of 65,000 hereros during the German colonial war
1904–07. Herero demanded $ 2 billion for the persecution
they were subjected to.
In August, Prime Minister Hage Geingob, who led the
government since N's independence in 1990, was dismissed. He
was succeeded by Foreign Minister Theo-Ben Gurirab.
President Sam Nujoma motivated the changes by saying that
"big problems required urgent action".
The relatively prosperous N. had serious financial
problems. The IMF said that weak growth of less than 3% is
not enough to reduce poverty and reduce unemployment, which
is around 35%. An economic setback was also the oil company
Shell's decision to interrupt the search for natural gas in
the sea. The deposits were not considered to be large enough
for a profitable recovery.
During the autumn, the government increased the pressure
on N's approximately 4,000 white farmers, who together own
almost half the cultivable area in the country. President
Sam Nujoma said he supported the disputed land reform in
Zimbabwe and urged "the arrogant white farmers" to follow
the government's land distribution program, which is based
on voluntary land sales.