Faction in ELCRN loses battle against the church

22 Jul 2016 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) - An attempt by a disgruntled faction in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) to stop the planned 11th extraordinary synod, scheduled to take place at Okahandja between 23 and 26 July 2016, has failed.
This failure comes as the Windhoek High Court on Friday afternoon dismissed the urgent application brought before court on Thursday by a disgruntled faction in ELCRN that wanted the court to issue an interdict preventing the scheduled 11th extraordinary synod.
The failed urgent application was dismissed in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge Collins Parker here on Friday afternoon, on the grounds that it lacks the basis of urgency sought in the application.
“This application was brought before court on the basis of urgency. After having listened to submissions by both the legal representatives of the applicants and those of the respondents - Thabang Phatella for the applicants and Uno Katjipuka-Sibolile and Saima Nambinga of the respondents - I found no single basis of urgency in this matter.”
In the failed urgent application, the disgruntled faction was claiming that the extraordinary synod that will review the 04 February 2016 election of church council members is illegal and cannot be held in terms of the ELCRN's constitutional procedures and other legal requirements.
According to papers presented before court and earlier reports by the 'Namibian Sun' daily newspaper, the decision for the review comes after a circular in which Bishop Ernst //Gamxamub in March 2016 allegedly apologised for denying eight incumbent church council members of their vote because they were kicked out of the venue before the elections took place.
At the time, //Gamxamub allegedly pointed out that newly elected members of the council of the church organisation could not be inducted and dissuaded these elected officials from taking up their positions “unceremoniously” until the election irregularity is sorted out at the 11th extraordinary synod that begins at Okahandja on Saturday.
This has allegedly caused grave division in the church with accusations and mudslinging on all sides of the divide, claimed the applicants in court papers.
Applicants in the matter were Franzina !Nowases and James Camm.
The respondents were the ELCRN church organisation, the council church members and its several bishops.