12 Feb 2017 15:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 12 FEB (NAMPA) Deacon Desderius Hamayulu of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) has retired as the head of the RCC Ongwediva Parish after serving the parish for the past 33 years.
The RCC Ongwediva Parish and its branches of Ohakweenyanga, Iitananga and Omushimani on Saturday held a farewell function at Ongwediva where Hamayulu was showered with gifts.
The leadership of the parish and those of the three branches donated a fridge, stove, chairs, a cane, hat and clothes, while members of the parish also presented him with several other gifts.
The 70-year-old Hamayulu was the principal of Okatana Senior Primary School, Okatana Junior Primary School and Omashekediva Combined School before retiring from the teaching profession in 2006.
He trained as a deacon for six years, between 1978 and 1984.
At his farewell function speakers, including Oshana governor Clemens Kashuupulwa, described Hamayulu as hardworking and someone who served the church with commitment.
You were dedicated not only to the church service, but also to the public service by teaching our younger people and preparing them well for the future, Kashuupulwa said.
A member of the Ongwediva RCC Parish Council, Daniel Kayili told those present that Hamayulu is an accountable and honest religious leader.
Hamayulu and Kayili established the Ongwediva RCC Parish in 1984 along with other members such as Ambrosius Ashaanda, Agripine Eelu, John Amutenya, Oswald Shivute, the late Gabes Shihepo and his sister Julia Shihepo.
He is being succeeded by Deacon Albertus Ndahalele.