Otjiwarongo vendors receive money from Constituency Trust

WINDHOEK: Bismarck Street in Windhoek is set to be renamed in honour of the second-in-command in the battle of Omugulugwombashe, Simeon Kambo Shixungileni.

The liberation struggle started at Omugulugwombashe in the Omusati Region on 26 August 1966.

During the monthly City Council meeting last Thursday, the City Council approved the application filed by the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL)’s Secretary for Information, Publicity and Mobilisation, Job Amupanda on 19 March this year.

“The council has to take into consideration the ongoing exercises to pay tribute to the leaders who contributed to the struggle for a democratic and non-racial society which the majority of inhabitants of Windhoek are proud of,” reads the official document availed during the meeting.

It said the street names of Windhoek must reflect the diversity and cultural heritage of Windhoek’s citizens.

The guidelines equally make provision for the City to consider various factors in the best interest of the public when such an application is received.

These include the relevance of the proposed new name to the street’s main user group, and the potential confusion created for emergency and other municipal services, commercial delivery services and the travelling public.

“Comrade Simeon Kambo Shixungileni qualifies to be honoured with a street name,” the document stated.

It was then recommended that the offices of the mayor and the Chief Executive Officer inform Shixungileni and SPYL of the decision to make the necessary arrangements in the event of a street-renaming ceremony.

The former soldier was born in 1934 at the Okadiva village in the Edundja area, and now lives in the Omuthiya area of the Oshikoto Region.

Bismarck Street is a main street situated in Windhoek, running between David Meroro Street and Hosea Kutako Drive in a south-to-north direction.