Otjiwarongo prioritises renaming Von Trotha Street

27 Jul 2017 15:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 27 JUL (NAMPA) - The newly established Otjiwarongo street naming committee has prioritised changing Von Trotha Street in the affluent residential area of the town’s Extension 5.
Lothar von Trotha was the German military commander who issued the extermination order that killed thousands of Ovaherero and Namas between 1904 and 1908.
Spokesperson of the Otjiwarongo Municipality, Adelheid Shilongo in an interview with Nampa on Thursday said that street’s renaming will be dealt with first.
“We will start with the renaming of the Von Trotha Street and the rest will follow once the consultations with the general public are completed,” she said.
Shilongo on Thursday explained the street was named after Von Trotha long before Namibia gained independence in 1990, adding the time has come to rename it.
The street naming committee consists of 26 members - 23 community members and three municipal officials.
Okakarara Constituency Councillor, Vetaruhe Kandorozu recently spoke on behalf of a concerned group of residents, saying streets are usually named after people who have played a significant role in the development of the communities, and Von Trotha certainly has not.
Kandorozu questioned the glorification of a man who ordered such barbaric acts on innocent Namibians.
Von Trotha Street at Otjiwarongo stretches for approximately 800 metres, and was in 2016 upgraded to bitumen standard with a sign bearing his name.