Bishop Kamburona to Be Buried At Okahandja

Bishop Assaria Cleophas Kamburona of the Protestant Unity Church (Oruuano), will be laid to rest at Okahandja in the Otjozondjupa Region on 11 January 2015.

Rudolf Hijonganda Kamburona, son of the late bishop, confirmed to Nampa on Thursday that the family and the church have reached an agreement about the Bishop’s final resting place, after some deliberation.

He said an agreement was reached on Tuesday evening that the Bishop will be buried in the Okahandja cemetery, at the part of the cemetery called ‘the Bishop House’, not far from the place where Chiefs Riruako, Hosea Kutako and Clemence Kapuo are buried.

“The reason why the burial is set for 11 January is because my father has family in South Africa and Botswana who will have to make travel arrangements to attend to the funeral. Also, as you know we are still in the festive season and a lot of people are still on holiday,” Rudolf Kamburona said.

On 6 January, the bishop’s body will be taken to Gobabis for a short memorial service at the Oruuano church there. After memorial service, he will be transported to Otjongamburiro in Epukiro where a memorial service will be held until the next day.

The body will be brought back to Windhoek on Thursday, 8 January, where yet another memorial service will be held at the Oruuano church headquarters.

“The Friday and Saturday will be reserved for the public programmes, and on Sunday the body will be taken to Okahandja where the actual burial will take place.

Bishop Kamburona was a former President of the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) and also a member of the Herero Chiefs Council under Chief Hosea Kutako. He died at his home in Katutura, Windhoek on 27 December 2014, aged 83.

The bishop had been in-and-out of the Windhoek Central Hospital as from August this year, and was discharged on 22 December. He’s had a long battle with diabetes and died just five days after he was discharged from hospital.

Bishop Kamburona was a powerful presence in Namibia’s church circles, and he was a pillar of strength for many Namibians during the liberation struggle years.

The Secretary-General of the Oruuano Churches in Namibia, Wylie Vekarapo Upi said Bishop Kamburona leaves behind a rich legacy of selflessness and compassion for humanity.

“He was a humble leader, noble and a good Shepherd. He will be remembered as a God-fearing person and a noble man. He was an icon of peace and our pillar of strength,” Upi said.

He also noted that the late Bishop Kamburona contributed to the success of Namibia’s liberation struggle by accommodating the leader of the Namibian independence revolution, Dr Sam Nujoma in his house at Gobabis during the Swapo leader’s escape into exile.

Bishop Thomas Shivute from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) also described the late Bishop Kamburona as a “humble man” in a message of condolences he sent to the bereaved family.

The late Bishop Kamburona was born on 5 November 1931 in Cape Town, South Africa and became the leader of the Oruuano church in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, 14 children and several grandchildren.

– Nampa

Source : The Namibian