A delegation of senior clergymen headed by Arch-Bishop Kari Mäkinen of Finland pays courtesy call on President

WINDHOEK: A visiting delegation of senior clergymen, headed by Arch-Bishop Kari Mäkinen of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, yesterday paid a courtesy call on President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House.

Briefing the media after his private meeting the president, Mäkinen said his delegation arrived in Namibia last Friday already, and they have held discussions with the leadership of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Namibia (ELCIN) on how to strengthen the existing relationship between the two sister churches

He described their coming to Namibia as “a short but very important visit” because of the discussions which they held with the ELCIN leadership on the socio-economic challenges facing the church and worshippers.

The delegation also had an opportunity to visit the Onandjokwe State Hospital, which was the first hospital to be built in the northern parts of Namibia by the Finnish Missionary Society under the leadership of Dr Selma Rainio in 1911.

The hospital is located in the Ondangwa area of the Oshikoto Region.

The delegation of Finnish clergymen will be leaving Namibia for neighbouring Botswana on Wednesday.

OTAVI: Former President Dr Sam Nujoma has donated land for the construction of a public clinic near his Farm Etunda, which is situated some 30 kilometres south of Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.

An official groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site yesterday, signalling the start of the clinic construction process.

Speaking at the occasion, Nujoma said as soon as the clinic construction is completed he will donate building to the Ministry of Health and Social Services so that it becomes public property.

Nujoma said he donated a piece of land, some 300 metres behind the Etunda Petrol Station alongside the B1 main road, for the construction of the clinic and a primary school.

The construction of the Etunda Primary School building is in full-swing at the same site, and this school will also be handed over to the Ministry of Education upon completion.

The school will serve children from Grades One to Seven.