Ondobe new church building burns

30 Dec 2014 09:50am
ONGWEDIVA, 30 DEC (NAMPA) – The front part of the new building of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) parish at Ondobe village in the Ohangwena Region burnt down over the weekend.
The head of the parish, Reverend Fillipus Haulofu confirmed this to Nampa over the telephone from Ondobe on Monday.
Haulofu said the cause of the fire is still unknown, but he suspected that a faulty electrical connection might have been the cause.
“Investigations to determine the cause of the fire are underway,” Haulofu said.
The Ondobe ELCIN church, which built at a cost of more than N.dollars 3.3 million, was inaugurated by its Eastern Diocese’ Bishop Shekutaamba Nambala last month after a long period of construction.
Onandjaba Construction Company was involved in the construction, and it was reported during the inauguration function that the Ondobe community is the first to construct a multi-million dollar church building in the Eastern Diocese of ELCIN.
Ondobe is one of the oldest ELCIN parishes in the country. It was established 77 years ago by Reverend Mwadikange Kaulinge, who died shortly after Namibia achieved independence in 1990.