Bishop Nambala Demands Respect for National Flag

THE presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN), Shekutaamba Nambala, has called on Namibians to put the national flag before the flags of their respective political organisations.

Nambala made the call whilst speaking at the burial of the former councillor of the Endola constituency, Ruth Kepawa Nhinda, at Ohalushu village in the Ohangwena region on Saturday.

He noted that people unite under the national flag, irrespective of their political differences or affiliation.

Nambala expressed dissatisfaction that the flag of the Swapo Party, the political organisation to which Nhinda belonged, was placed on top of her casket, covering the national flag.

“The flag of the party cannot override the national flag,” he said.

The ELCIN Bishop also told the mourners that if flags of political parties are to be used in church during the funeral of a member, they have to be treated equally and in a manner which demonstrates tolerance amongst the members of different parties.

“Political parties’ members are all God’s people, therefore tolerance towards one another is needed,” Nambala stated.

He then called on those who are in charge of the administration of the country to ensure equal distribution of national wealth and at the same time to refrain from serving personal interests.

Several Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, Members of Parliament and leaders of the Swapo Party attended Nhinda’s funeral.

Nhinda died in a Windhoek private hospital on 10 August after a short illness.

– Nampa

Source : The Namibian