CoW renames street after Julius Nyerere

28 May 2019 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 28 MAY (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) renamed Lazarett Street in Windhoek after late Founding President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, in a ceremony attended by current Tanzanian President John Magufuli and President Hage Geingob on Monday.
Speaking at the ceremony, CoW Mayor Muesee Kazapua said the council made a bold policy change to revamp the face of the city by among others renaming the streets of Windhoek to pay tribute to African liberation struggle leaders.
“We are renaming the streets that do not have meaningful or positive connotations to the African and Namibian history,” Kazapua said.
He highlighted that the street was strategically chosen as it intersects with Robert Mugabe Avenue, Jan Jonker Road and Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue.
“The renaming should inspire Namibians by engraving this name and strengthen bilateral ties between Namibia and Tanzania,” Kazapua added.
On his part, Geingob reflected on Nyerere’s hospitality as he opened the country’s doors to welcome southern Africa’s liberation movements by providing support and refuge during the liberation struggle.
“It was Mwalimu’s (Nyerere) Pan-African spirit that allowed Swapo to find a reliable and dependable centre, where it could establish itself as a formidable player in the political, diplomatic and military training centres to sharpen our skills for our struggle for independence,” said Geingob.
He went to say that Namibia will never forget those who stood by the liberation movement during the most trying times of the struggle.
“Our journey into exile was daunting and we faced many challenging moments but we never wavered since we were spurred into staying on the path of liberation by the exploits of Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Modibo Keita, Abdel Nasser, Jomo Kenyatta, Kenneth Kaunda and other icons of the liberation struggle, whose inspiring words echoed in our thoughts,” he said.
Geingob added that Namibia was therefore proud to play its part in honouring one of the outstanding sons of Africa.
Magufuli concurred with Geingob and said this will deepen bilateral ties between the two countries as it is a symbolic sign promoting unity and solidarity Nyerere was known to constantly advocate for.
While accepting the naming of the street, Nyerere’s son Makongoro Nyerere said his father stood for action to free all African countries from injustices and was a non-compromising fighter who also opposed tribalism.
Nyerere governed Tanganyika (as Tanzania was previously known) as Prime Minister from 1961 to 1962 and then President from 1963 to 1964, after which he led its successor state, Tanzania, as President from 1964 to 1985.
He died aged 77 years on 14 October 1999.