07 May 2016 17:30pm
CORRECTING THIRD PARA TO STIPULATE THAT PATO WAS NOT PART OF THE ELECTION IN OKAHANDJA. HE WAS APPOINTED AFTER NONE OF THE THREE CANDIDATES COULD SECURE AN OUTRIGHT WIN.
WALVIS BAY, 07 MAY (NAMPA) - Reverend Canon Luke Lungile Pato was consecrated as the 11th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Namibia here on Saturday.
Pato, a South African citizen, took over from Bishop Nathaniel Nakwatumbah, who retired in 2015 before passing away in March this year.
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) made the decision to appoint Pato after none of the three Namibian candidates could obtain a two-third majority to get the position during an election at Okahandja in July 2015.
The candidates were Rev Canons Nangula Kathindi, Anna-Liisa Nghifitikeko, and Lukas Katenda.
Pato will serve for an indefinite period until a Namibian bishop is appointed.
The Most Reverend Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, conducted the consecration which includes transfer of a Bible, the mitre, pastoral staff, a cross and a ring.
Founding Father Sam Nujoma, Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi, regional governors, regional councillors, retired bishops and clergy of the diocese were part of the dignitaries at the event.
Addressing the congregation, Kathindi said there is no restriction to appoint a foreigner as bishop in Namibia or any other southern African country.
We did not consecrate a South African but an African brother, this is because we are one. We commit to obey our new bishop as he leads us forward.
Kathindi briefly informed the new bishop of what is expected of him saying: You are expected to unite different people with different options from different churches.
She also informed him of the priorities of Government, such as the eradication of poverty through the Harambee Prosperity Plan, and challenges faced by Namibia as a nation.
The reverend further said Namibia face challenges of unemployment, Satanism, mushrooming of churches, suicides among young people, gender-based violence, sexism and alcohol abuse.