Heroes honoured in WHK

Council has adopted a policy on naming and renaming of places and streets, aimed at providing guidelines when honouring people.

08 October 2018 | Government

“It serves a purpose of creating and consolidating our collective memory by individuals who lived by the common values the Land of the Brave stands for." Vice president of Namibia, Nangolo Mbumba.

Yolanda Nel - Several streets in the capital were renamed during a mass street renaming ceremony hosted by the City of Windhoek last week.

Council made a decision to continue changing the image of the City by renaming streets and places to people who have contributed to the country in different ways; be it political, spiritual or in any form to the betterment of the Namibian nation, Africa or the world at large.

This gesture by Council is aimed at paying homage to the contributions and sacrifices made by those recognised individuals.

Vice President Nangolo Mbumba, applauded the City for taking this bold decision to pay tribute to the heroes and heroines who, through their selfless public service, contributed in one way or the other to the well-being and progress of the Namibian nation.

In a speech read on his behalf by the deputy minister of urban and rural development, he said that street naming should not simply be viewed as a way of designating urban spaces in recognisable zones. “It serves a purpose of creating and consolidating our collective memory by individuals who lived by the common values of bravery, humanity, selflessness, honour and similar unifying qualities which the Land of the Brave stands for,” he said.

“We should ensure that deserving Namibians from all 14 regions are honoured, that the streets of our capital city become the living museum of the nation’s collective memory,” he said.

Two newly constructed streets branching off Lazerett Street have been named John Muundjua and Moses Katjiuongua Street. Zenobia has been renamed to Phillip Shiimi, while Klaagliedere and Kronieke Street, changed to Bishop A.C Kamburona. Dr Kenneth Kaunda is now known as Niilonga Patty Geingos, while Dusseldorf changed to Katjikuru Katjiuongua. Genesis changed to Bishop Patropas Tjitjo and Storch to Jackson Kaujeua Street.

A total of 14 streets in the Elisenheim township phase 1 will also soon be named.

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