… as name changes in Namibia continue
Recently many names in Namibia have been changed by the government. Streets, places even towns were up for a name change. The idea behind all this is to get rid of names from colonial times. Uhland street, named after a poet is now Dr. Kenneth Kaunda street. Whoever decides on the new names apparently uses selection criteria which potential candidates must fullfil, either one or all criteria. These are for example, dictator, election rigger, mass or also just murderer, corrupt, incompetent and highly unaware of it, uneducated, racist, arrogant and generally quiet smug and a dedicated non-achiever. Persons like Festus Gontebanye Mogae, Botswana’s third president are being overlooked. In 2008 Mogae won the prize for ‘Good governance’ set out by the Sudanese Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Sadly in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 no African leader qualified for this prestigious prize. For more details check Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.
Festus Mogae would be a prime role model so why does he not qualify in modern Namibia to have anything named after him? Mogae was awarded the Grand Cross of the Légion d’honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on 20 March 2008 for his “exemplary leadership” in making Botswana a “model” of democracy and good governance. He stepped down as President on 1 April 2008 and was succeeded by Vice-President Ian Khama. [from Wikipedia] Mogae never endorsed the Zimbabwean elections and stands nearly alone on the African continent with his independent voice.
However one very important name that must urgently be changed has been overlooked: SWAPO! We all know what SWA stands for – South West Africa. This was Namibia’s name prior to independence from the German and the South African colonizers. So why hang on to this name? Could it be that they have not noticed?