Bernard Esau Street should go
Suggests that prison be named after shamed minister
28 September 2020 | Local News
The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) group that recently registered as a political party, is calling for the renaming of Bernard Esau Street in Swakopmund.
Stephanus Iiyambo recently made this request on behalf of the Swakopmund AR branch to the chairman of the local council, Erkki Shitana.
Bernard Esau Street is located in Tamariskia and was named after the former fisheries minister who has been in prison for almost a year on suspicion of corruption in the so-called Fishrot saga.
In the letter addressed to Shitana, Iiyambo asks that the street be renamed Deon Hotto Street.
“Deon Hotto, as you probably know, was born in Swakopmund and is an internationally recognised soccer player. In May 2015, he demonstrated his talent and scored decisive goals for Namibia, helping the country win the COSAFA cup,” Iiyambo said.
It would therefore be appropriate to give him recognition by naming a street after him.
However, Iiyambo would like to see a public building in Swakopmund named after Esau, namely the prison.
“It is important that our society does not forget historical events that took place in Namibia,” Iiyambo shared with the head of the Namibian correctional service, General Raphael Hamunyela, in a letter over the weekend.
He said it is appropriate that buildings and monuments be named after people so that future generations could remember them.
“The role that Bernard Esau played in Namibia must remain in people’s minds. In future too, one has to remember his deeds and know why he his resignation was accepted by President Hage Geingob,” Iiyambo said.