By Staff Writer
The Street and Place Renaming Committee through the Office of the Mayor has made an application that seeks to rename Burg Street in Klein Windhoek in honour of the late liberation icon, Theo-Ben Gurirab.
The municipality of Windhoek has in the meantime said that the council has of late taken decisions to name some of the streets in the Elisenheim Lifestyle Village after several national leaders including Dr. Gurirab, who was still alive at the time.
However the municipality said such decision was never communicated to the proposed honouree and his family.
“The late Dr. Gurirab’s (contributions) remains indelible in various positions he held as part of his ministerial and diplomatic appointments.
Transcending the agenda of colonial regime, the late Theo-Ben Gurirab formed part of forces that advocated for the smooth and foresighted transition of national independence.
His political career started while in exile, together with His Excellency Dr. Hage Geingob and Mr. Hidipo Hamutenya, when they were appointed to represent Swapo to the United Nations and the international community,” the municipality said.
The municipality has also been requested, via an application, to rename Esther Brand Street in honour of the late Hamutenya while presently further evaluations and considerations are being made.
The struggle icon held various strategic portfolios including that of being appointed at the head of the department of information and mobilisation during the 1989 election campaign.
He also contributed to the crafting of the Swapo emblem as well as the authoring of the national anthem lyrics, whereas the composition was done by Axali Doeseb and South African musical icon Abdullah Ibrahim.
He held various ministerial positions such as information and broadcasting, trade and industry and foreign affairs.
Said the municipality, “in these respective positions, the late Hidipo Likius Hamutenya immensely contributed to the transformation of the national broadcasting agency, strengthening of investment opportunities and establishment of public structures and policies in the quest for reconciliation and national sustainable development.”