14 Jun 2015 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUN (NAMPA) - The late OvaMbanderu Chief Kahimemua Nguvauva was on Friday honoured with a street in Academia Extension-1 in the capital.
Speaking during the occasion, Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua said the unveiling of the street coincided with the commemoration of the battle of Otjunda of 1896, during which Chief Kahimemua Nguvauva was executed.
Kazapua said the naming and renaming of streets are in line with the City Council's resolve to honour the country's heroes and legends who sacrificed their lives for Namibia's independence.
The resistance and struggle against colonialism constituted a historic step during which many in the world had accepted the assertion of the sub-humanity of Africans as self-evident truth.
Such was the time when the pioneers of our liberation struggle - Hendrik Witbooi, Samuel Maharero, Iipumbu ya Tshilongo, Nehale Lya Mpingana and indeed King Kahimemua Nguvauva - stood up against the colonial forces of occupation in Namibia, he said.
Speaking at the same occasion, Kilus Nguvauva, the OvaMbanderu chief and descendant of Kahimemua Nguvauva, thanked the City of Windhoek (CoW) for according such honour to Kahimemua in view of the late chief's contribution to the country's liberation.
Kilus, who also serves as deputy minister of Works and Transport, said Kahimemua was one of the country's first leaders to be executed at the hands of the colonial regime because of his political beliefs and ideals.
It is also my wish that this opportunity would bring about peace and unity among the OvaMbanderu people as we are on the eve of commemorating our heroes, including Chief Kahimemua Nguvauva and my own father Chief Munjuku II Nguvauva and uncle Peter Nguvauva in Okahandja, he said.
Kilus quoted from the founding president Dr Sam Nujoma, who remarked in his speech on 26 August 2002 that
Chief Kahimemua Nguvauvas strong beliefs and convictions drew the anger of the German colonialist who decided to physically eliminate him.
This led to intense battles with the German colonial forces. In 1896, the German colonial soldiers at Okahandja, because of his fierce resistance to colonialism and foreign occupation, executed Chief Nguvauva. To his revolutionary spirit and his visionary memory we humbly offer our honour and respects, he said.
Kilus said Chief Kahimemua made a difference to the path of history of this country, and he believes it is that aspect that prompted the CoW to honour and respect him with a street.
The Kahimemua Nguvauva Street should be a start and the continuation of our policy of reconciliation, of maintaining peace and stability and being proud of our history, our country and our nation.
Let us build a future that is prosperous for all and let us shape our work through the example of selflessness, rejection of discrimination and resistance to oppression by following the example set by Chief Kahimemua Nguvauva, he said.
The CoW also renamed Spreuke Street in Katutura in honour of one of the liberation struggle heroes, Bishop PDK Tjijombo, here last week, while Monte Cristo Road was renamed Peter Pineas Nanyemba Road in honour of the late Plan commander. The unveiling ceremony of this street is however yet to take place.