The year of Reparations: Tanzania tackles Germany over 100yr old killings

The East African Country of Tanzania is set for legal battle with her former colonizer Germany to pay reparations for alleged atrocities committed 100 years ago.

The payment observers believe will double the $20million paid to 5,200 Kenyans in 2013, by the British government who were found to have been tortured during their fight for liberation from colonial rule in the 1950s and 1960s.

According to Tanzania’s Minister of Defence and National Service, Hussein Mwinyi, the Tanzanian government will seek compensation of over tens of thousands of people who were allegedly starved, tortured and killed by German forces while trying to put down rebellious tribes known as Maji Maji.

“We will consider steps taken by Kenya and Namibian governments in seeking reparations from Britain and German governments respectively,” he said.

German Forces were accused of crimes including forced starvation during its rule in Tanzania, then known as Tanganyika, from 1890 to 1919.

There has not been an immediate response from the German embassy in Tanzania.

Germany also faces reparation claims in another former African colony, Namibia.

In January, Germany said it might make payments to Namibia for the killing of 65,000 people during its colonial occupation, an episode that is seen by some as the first genocide of the 20th century.

Though talks with Namibia’s government were continuing on the issue.

Tanzania is one of the main partner countries for German development cooperation in Africa. Over the last five decades, German bilateral cooperation with Tanzania has amounted to 2.1 billion euros.

Cooperation is closely aligned with the Tanzanian Government’s policy priorities and coordinated with other development partners, including civil society. The Federal Ministry plans the German Government’s development policy for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)