German President Frank Steinmeier pleads for forgiveness for colonial crimes in Tanzania

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has pleaded for forgiveness for the crimes committed by the military during Germany’s colonial rule of Tanzania.

Steinmeier apologized Wednesday  during his three day State visit to the East African country.

“As German President, I would like to ask for forgiveness for what Germans did to your ancestors here,” Steinmeier.

Between 200,000 to 300,000 Indigenous people were said to have been killed by German troops during the so-called Maji Maji Rebellion uprisings between 1905 and 1907.

Steinmeier said Germany is ready to work with Tanzania towards a communal processing of the past.