Windhoek's Burg Street named after Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab

22 Jul 2019 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) – Burg Street in Windhoek was on Sunday renamed to Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab Street.
In a speech read on his behalf at the event, President Hage Geingob said the renaming of streets in honour of national heroes and heroines is important.
“By erecting memorials and naming landmarks and streets after distinguished sons and daughters of the soil, we help immortalise their names to ensure that their heroic feats and outstanding deeds are captured in time, to be remembered for millennia to come,” he said.
Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua, who also attended the event, said the City of Windhoek has adopted a street and place naming/renaming policy to pay tribute to heroes and leaders who selflessly championed the struggle to liberate oppressed people across the world.
“It is a well-known fact that the name Theo-Ben Gurirab stands tall in the annals of the history of Namibia’s struggle for political independence and his name on the streets of Windhoek will forever inspire Namibians,” he said.
On her part, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said Gurirab helped shape Namibia’s foreign policy.
“His name will join all those who have contributed to the well-being of people,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
She said his name must be known “by the Namibians of today and the Namibians of tomorrow.”
Gurirab died last year at the age of 80.
Between 1986 and 1990, he served as Swapo’s Secretary for Foreign Affairs and was a key player in Namibia's liberation struggle.
He also served as Swapo’s Chief Representative to the United Nations for 14 years.
At independence in 1990, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs until 2002, when he was elevated to the position of Prime Minister.
Gurirab served in that position until 2005 and then became Speaker of the National Assembly until 2015, when he retired from active politics.