Kerina to have street named after him in Windhoek

31 May 2019 09:10am
By Edward Mumbuu Jnr
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) has approved a proposal to rename Bahnhof Street in honour of one of Namibia’s liberation heroes, Professor Mburumba Kerina.
This decision is among several similar resolutions taken at the municipality’s council meeting held on Wednesday.
The initial proposal, according to documents from Wednesday’s meeting, was to rename John Meinert Street, but this was rejected on the grounds that Meinert - a former municipal councillor - played an important role in Namibia’s history. Meinert, who died in 1943, served as mayor of Windhoek between 1929 and 1938. He was also a businessman and founder of John Meinert Printing Ltd and served as president of the Namibia Scientific Society from 1935 to 1937.
John Meinert Street is a prominent street which connects Windhoek West with Windhoek’s central business district (CBD).
Bahnhof carries less significance as it is simply the German word for railway station.
Bahnhof Street is part of a road network in the CBD which connects with Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue and dissects across Independence Avenue and Robert Mugabe Avenue.
The City Council resolved that: “The application to rename John Meinert Street in honour of Professor Mburumba Kerina be noted and not supported. That the proposed Bahnhof Street be renamed in honour of Professor Mburumba Kerina be supported and a short version of his name used.”
Procedurally, the announcement by CoW will be followed by placing a notice in two local newspapers for two weeks. Property owners along the affected streets will also be notified in writing.
Kerina is a Namibian politician, academic and author.
He co-founded several political formations, including the ruling Swapo Party, the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) and official opposition Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) - formerly DTA.
For independent Namibia, he was a member of Namibia’s Constituent Assembly, as well as the National Assembly and the National Council.
He coined the name ‘Namib’ for the independent state ‘Namibia’ on the territory of South West Africa.