Late Bishop Nakwatumbah loved peace

28 Mar 2016 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 28 MAR (NAMPA) – The late Retired Bishop Nataniel Nakwatumbah will be remembered as a quiet and humble man who loved peace.
Commissioner-General of the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS), Raphael Tuhafeni Hamunyela said this during Nakwatumbah’s memorial service held in the capital on Sunday.
Nakwatumbah, a Retired Bishop of the Anglican Diocese in Namibia, died in the Paramount Private Hospital in Windhoek during the early hours of 19 March 2016 due to illness.
Hamunyela said the late bishop addressed many leadership and management challenges faced by staff and inmates while serving as a chaplain in the NCS.
He said Nakwatumbah established the religious care policy and operationalised it, noting that he made sure that offenders and officers who were not baptised were baptised and those who were not confirmed, were confirmed.
Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments through which Christians pass in the process of their religious upbringing.
“We still draw strength from his wisdom and work ethics,” said Hamunyela.
Nakwatumbah joined the NCS on 09 January 1991 as principal chaplain and was posted to the Windhoek Central Prisons, now known as the Windhoek Correctional Facility.
On 11 July 1994, Nakwatumbah was promoted to the rank of senior superintendent and later appointed as head of the Southern Directorate responsible for the towns of Lüderitz, Keetmanshoop and Mariental.
In September of the same year, he was promoted to the position of chief superintendent and still headed the Southern Directorate until his retirement in 2005.
Speaking on behalf of the widow, Vistorina Nakwatumbah, Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah described the late Nakwatumbah as a peaceful, highly cooperative counsellor, who devoted his time to others in many ways inside and outside his home.
Although quiet, the late bishop was a man of great courage, an honest, joyful and a deep thinker who regularly prayed and always provided for his family, she said.
Nakwatumbah was consecrated the 10th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Namibia at the Saint Mary's Odibo Anglican Mission Centre in the Ohangwena Region some 11 years ago.
He retired last year.
Nakwatumbah leaves behind his wife and five children.
His burial will take place at Odibo on Saturday.