Bishop Azariah Kamburona passes on

29 Dec 2014 18:20pm
By: Kenya Kambowe
WINDHOEK, 29 DEC (NAMPA) – Former President of the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) and Bishop of the Protestant Unity Church (Oruuano), Azariah Cleophas Kamburona died at his home in Katutura, Windhoek on Saturday, aged 83.
The Secretary-General of the Oruuano Churches in Namibia, Wylie Vekarapo Upi confirmed Bishop Kamburona’s passing to Nampa on Monday, saying the church leader died at about 23h00.
“The Bishop has been in-and-out of the Windhoek Central Hospital as from August this year, and was discharged on 22 December. He died just five days after he was discharged from hospital. He’s had a long battle with diabetes,” he said.
Bishop Kamburona was a powerful presence in Namibia’s church circles, and he was a pillar of strength for many Namibians during the liberation struggle years.
“He was a humble leader, noble and a good Shepherd. He will be remembered as a God-fearing person and a noble man. He was an icon of peace and our pillar of strength,” Upi said.
He noted that the late Bishop Kamburona contributed to the success of Namibia’s liberation struggle by accommodating the leader of the Namibian independence revolution, Dr Sam Nujoma in his house at Gobabis during the Swapo leader’s escape into exile.
Bishop Thomas Shivute from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) also described the late Bishop Kamburona as a “humble man” in a message of condolences he sent to the bereaved family.
The late Bishop Kamburona was born on 05 November 1931 in Cape Town, South Africa.
He is survived by his wife, 14 children and several grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements will be made known during the course of the week.