Uhland Street named after Dr Kenneth Kaunda

04 Nov 2013 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 04 NOV (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek on Monday renamed Windhoek's Uhland Street after independent Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda as a token of appreciation for what he had done for Africa, and Namibia in particular.
This is the second, but longest street at 2,3 kilometres in the capital to be named after Kaunda.
Another street at Freedom Square in the Katutura residential area was also named after Kaunda.
The renaming comes just after the Namibian Government donated a house to the former Zambian president, also as a token of appreciation for his personal contribution, as well as that of his country to Africa and Namibia.
The Zambian people, under the leadership of Kaunda, offered to host African national liberation movements, including the Swapo-Party, immediately after Zambia’s independence in 1964.
The street-renaming ceremony took place in the presence of Kaunda, Prime Minister Hage Geingob, founding President Sam Nujoma and Windhoek mayor Agnes Kafula, amongst others.
Before he delivered his acceptance speech, the Zambian leader asked as per his tradition that the gathering should sing along as he belted out his favourite song.
“Boys and girls of Africa, rise and shine, in the name of the great Africa, we shall fight and conquer AIDS. Forward ever, backward never. In the name of the great Africa, we shall fight and conquer AIDS,” the Zambian leader sang whilst waving his white handkerchief, before adding that “we must fight and conquer AIDS. It is destroying our nations”.
He always carries a white handkerchief with him as a symbol of love and peace.
“This is another touching moment for me. This honour of Namibia's people naming a street after my humble name is another deep expression of the love of the people of Namibia towards a fellow human being,” an emotional Kaunda said.
He went on to state that the street reminds him of the two countries’ common past, and as they have done before, they need to work together towards a future of great development and peace.
“Let us travel together on this road. May this be a road that reminds us and future generations of our work together.
May we remember the sacrifices of the people of Namibia, Africa and other parts of the world. May we remember our hopes for peace and development,” he noted.
Kaunda said during Namibia’s struggle for independence, many Namibians attended educational institutions in Zambia, and hundreds of Zambians now come to Namibia to study at the University of Namibia (Unam) and other educational institutions.
He also lauded the Katima Mulilo/Sesheke bridge, which he described as a very busy bridge.
The Katima Mulilo/Sesheke Bridge was completed in May 2004, and connects Zambia’s Sesheke district with the Namibian town of Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba also addressed a ceremony where a house was handed over to Kaunda on Saturday.
“We shall never forget that we gained our freedom and independence through the unwavering solidarity and support we got from Zambia and other Frontline States, which provided a rear-base to us during the difficult days of our struggle for freedom and independence, and became our home away from home,” Pohamba said then.
The Head of State said Zambia was not only the home of freedom fighters, but also provided political leadership by seconding some of its sons and daughters such as Rupiah Banda (former Zambian president), Guendoline Conny, Paul Lusaka and General Peter Zuse, who served as presidents of the United Nations’ Council for Namibia.
Zambia was also home to the UN Commission for Namibia, which extended vital support to exiled Namibians.
Pohamba added that Zambia opened up its universities, colleges and other academic institutions for the education and training of many young Namibians to enable them to serve as administrators and managers of an independent Namibia now.