Oukwanyama pray for unity

28 Jan 2014 13:20pm
OHANGWENA, 2 JAN (NAMPA) - The Oukwanyama Traditional Authority, under the leadership of Queen Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu, conducted an ecumenical prayer session at Helao Nafidi in the Ohangwena Region on Sunday.
A retired clergyman of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) Bishop Appolos Kaulinge, who is also one of YaNelumbu’s advisors, told the gathering that the prayer session was aimed at fostering unity amongst the people of Oukwanyama.
Those in attendance also prayed for good rains this year and for an amicable solution to the ongoing border dispute between people of Oukwanyama and neighbouring Ondonga.
The two tribes are challenging each other in the High Court in Windhoek over the ownership of border land in Oukwanyama and Ondonga.
Kaulinge said the hearing is due to resume next month.
“It is our wish that the Lord guides the High Court judges to make a fair decision in the case,” Kaulinge said during the prayer session.
The unhappiness amongst the villagers in some districts such as at Ohakafiya, Onandova and Omungwelume also formed part of the ecumenical prayer.
Some of the villagers in these three districts are opposing the Queen’s appointment of new leaders as they say they were not consulted about the appointment of certain leaders.
In a statement delivered on her behalf by an advisor, Simon Moses, YaNelumbu called on all members of her community to strive to address their differences amicably.
“This year should be the year of behaviour change, tolerance and delivery of service which is in the interest of a united Oukwanyama community,” the Queen said.
The ecumenical prayer session was the second to be organised by YaNelumbu. The first session was held at the same venue at the beginning of last year.
It was organised in consultation with ELCIN’s Engela parish.