Churches should support Harambee: McLeod-Katjirua

29 Jun 2016 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JUN (NAMPA) - Churches and other organisations that are not politically affiliated should use their roles to help realise the goals of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).
These were the remarks of the governor of the Khomas Region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua at the official opening of the St. John’s Apostolic Faith Mission’s annual church conference in Windhoek on Monday.
“You will agree with me that this is not an easy task, but an essential one,” the governor said.
The conference is this year held under the theme ‘The church on the Harambee freeway.’
The HPP is Government’s targeted action plan to accelerate development in clearly defined priority areas.
McLeod-Katjirua said churches are people-centered institutions which have demonstrated their commitment and dedication to reducing poverty and inequality as encapsulated in Vision 2030 and the National Development Plans (NDPs).
The governor urged the church, which she called a ‘social partner’, to contribute to the realisation of HPP, amongst others by helping to create a crime-free environment ready for development; consultative community engagement and participation; assisting in educating people about corruption and promoting a spirit of brotherhood, sisterhood and national pride; as well as a strong respect for human value and human rights.
The leader of the St. John’s AFM, Archbishop Peter Tjijombo said the church complements Government’s programmes intended to promote the wellbeing of Namibians.
“One of the primary objectives of the church is to look after society,” he said.
The archbishop, a veteran of the liberation struggle, also applauded the governor for including Namibians at grassroots level in the introduction of national programmes.
“Now that we have the policies interpreted to us in a simple form, we should not lay back and dump all our concerns at Government’s door. We have to act by holding the authorities accountable to ensure that the policies are implemented,” said Tjijombo.
The weeklong conference is attended by people from Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.
The St. John’s Apostolic Faith Mission, which is situated in Katutura, is one of the churches that played a huge role in Namibia’s struggle for independence by among others sheltering freedom fighters.