Bishop Nakwatumbah laid to rest at Odibo

04 Apr 2016 12:50pm
ODIBO, 04 APR (NAMPA) – People from all over Namibia and elsewhere on Saturday gathered at the Odibo St Mary’s Mission Centre for the funeral service of the late Bishop Nathaniel Ndaxuma Nakwatumbah.
Nakwatumbah, 71, died due to illness in the Paramount Private Hospital in Windhoek on 19 March.
President Hage Geingob in his message of condolences read by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila during the funeral service described Nakwatumbah as a quiet man who spent his lifetime concerned about the welfare of others.
Geingob said Nakwatumbah ensured that he helped as many people as possible to “get back to the narrow path which leads to their salvation.”
“As the 10th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese in Namibia, having been consecrated right here at St. Mary’s Odibo Anglican Mission Centre in Ohangwena 11 years ago, the Right Reverend Nakwatumbah led the Anglican Church with distinction until his retirement last year,” he said.
Geingob said during his tenure, Nakwatumbah led by example in proclaiming the unchanging Gospel of Christ which is a gospel of love, peace, repentance, redemption and salvation.
“It is befitting that my predecessor, Comrade Hifikepunye Pohamba, bestowed upon him the Most Distinguished Order of Namibia, First Class,” he said.
Pohamba on 25 August 2014 bestowed the national medal upon the bishop as one of the people who contributed to the liberation of the country.
Reading Nakwatumbah’s obituary during the funeral service, Reverend Lukas Kaluwapa Katenda of the Anglican Church pointed out that the late Bishop had underground connections with many Swapo political activists and at some point housed them at the time of the liberation struggle.
Nakwatumbah also served as a teacher at the St. Mary’s Odibo High School from 1968 to 1971 and chaplain of Correctional Services in the then Ministry of Prisons and Correctional Services from 1991 to 2005.
Born on 18 August 1945 at Ohainengena village in the Ohangwena Region, Nakwatumbah has been an Anglican Church clergyman for the past 40 years. He served as bishop for 11 years before his retirement on 31 August last year.