17 Jul 2016 18:10pm
ONANDOVA, 17 JUL (NAMPA) Five clergymen of the Jesus Christ Ministry (JCM) Church in the Okelemba village of the Ohangwena Region have impregnated five women and underage girls since last year.
They were found guilty of the offences by the community court of the Onandova district under the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority on Saturday.
Okelemba is headed by senior headman Elias Waandja.
The first accused is 23-year-old apostle Gideon Shinehungi, who impregnated an 18-year-old woman of his congregation. She gave birth to his child earlier this year.
Shinehungi admitted guilt during his trial and was fined to pay six cattle or N.dollars 9 000 within 30 days.
Shinehungis brother, Elia, who claimed to be an ordinary member of the same church and not and apostle or pastor, was found guilty of impregnating an underage girl of their congregation.
The court ordered Elia to pay two cattle or N.dollars 3 000 as well as N.dollars 500 for the traditional authority within 30 days.
A second pastor of the church also stands accused of a similar crime but he failed to turn up for his trail for yet unknown reasons.
His name is withheld until he appears in court.
The mother of this girl impregnated told the court she wants him to compensate for impregnating her daughter, who was in Grade 9 at a local school when she fell pregnant last year.
Waandja informed Nampa on Sunday this pastor was ordered to appear in court on 13 August.
We are hard at work to track him down, and it is better to report himself sooner rather than later, he stressed.
Two other apostles of the same church are also wanted on charges of impregnating underage girls.
Waandja at the same time cautioned the headmen in the area to refrain from allowing 'revival' churches in their villages to operate before producing approval of their registration by the government and membership with the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN).
The first pastor of the JCM Church Okelemba branch, Lapindja Nghole, was ordered at the end of the court session to ensure that the church closes its doors in a weeks time.
Nghole, a resident of Okelemba village, is a retired priest of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) in Ohangwena.
The JCM Church at Okelemba was established in 2012 as a branch of the JCM Church of Bishop Vilho Jesus Paulus in Windhoek.
Paulus was also accused of similar offences.