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Lazarett Street renamed to Julius K. Nyerere Street

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The Lazarett Street was officially renamed in the late afternoon by Tanzania's President John Pompe Joseph Magufuli (2nd from left) and President Hage Geingob (2nd from right) while the eldest son of Julius Nyerere, Makongoro (left) and Windhoek's Mayor Muesee Kazapua (right) watch.

Dirk Heinrich

The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Pompe Joseph Magufuli, renamed the well-known Lazarett Street in Windhoek to Julius K. Nyerere Street on Monday (May 27, 2019) in the presence of President Hage Geingob.

"We are here to pay tribute to one of Africa's most renowned luminaries, a symbol of Pan-Africanism, an extraordinary personality and one of Africa's founding fathers who rebelled against colonialism and fought for independence," President Geingob stated. Julius Nyerere, better known among Africans as Mwalimu, was the first president of independent Tanzania and the first head of state to shelter Namibians and to provide them with military training to fight for independence in their homeland.

"We will never forget the support we received from Nyerere and the people of Tanzania during the liberation struggle. As an act of gratitude, we have renamed Lazarett Street to Julius K. Nyerere Street to honour Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere," Geingob said. The son of Julius Nyerere, Makongoro Nyerere, was also present at the renaming. He expressed his gratitude for the great honour bestowed on his father, who died in 1999.

Lazarett Street got its name from the first hospital in Windhoek that was built in the first half of 1895 on the very spot where the DSW kindergarten and the sports field are located today. Two years earlier, two nurses arrived in then German South West Africa with the steamer named "Greek". They had been sent to Windhoek on 23 September 1893 by the Women's Association for Nursing in the Colonies to set up a hospital there. The same steamship had also been used to transport hospital equipment. In the early years, the hospital had to be supplied with water from a nearby spring. It was not until 1905 that a water pipe was laid.

The garrison hospital in Windhoek, built in 1895.

In 1896 Sister Augustine reported in "Under the Red Cross" how much easier it had become for them since the sisters rooms and kitchen were in the same building and not a quarter mile away from the hospital as before. At that time only ten patients were accommodated in the spacious rooms of the hospital - all easy cases, according to Sister Augustine.

The hospital and the house of the first doctor, assistant doctor Dr. Richter, were demolished in 1969 because the buildings were unoccupied and close to decay. Later, the German government school was built there.

A Damara-speaking police officer wanted to know what “Lazarett” means on Monday shortly before the renaming of Lazarett Street. After he had been told that a “Lazarett” is the German word for a hospital for soldiers, he said that he now knew where the word "Nazares" for hospital came from in his own language. The young Damara and Nama call a hospital /ae-dioms or /ae //gaub - a house for the sick.

The new street sign with the name of the first president of Tanzania illuminated by the last sunlight on Monday (27 May 2019) after the Lazarett Street has been renamed. Below in the middle of the picture Tanzania's President John Pompe Joseph Magufuli, Namibia's President Hage Geingob and Windhoek's Mayor Muesee Kazapua.
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