Kavango West Region mourns revered ELCIN leader Karuyeva

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) in Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region is mourning the death of Revered Ernesto Karuyeva who passed away last week Thursday after a short illness in the Nankudu district hospital.

Karuyeva died at the age of 60 after serving as a pastor of ELCIN Nkurenkuru parish from 1994 until his time of death.

Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Revered Elizabeth Tjirunda, who is the current dean of Rundu Deanery said ELCIN has lost a very hard-working servant of the Lord who was always very helpful, knowledgeable and experienced.

She said the late was a happy person and the people of Nkurenkuru and the whole of Kavango West Region have lost a very humble and dedicated person.

The late was a very dedicated person to the work of the lord and very experienced person that will always give you advice when approached for advice and we are going to miss him dearly, said Tjirunda.

The late revered's memorial service for the ELCIN family is scheduled to take place on Thursday at Nkurekuru parish while the general public will be able to attend his memorial service on Friday, the same venue. He will be buried on Saturday at the Nkurenkuru cemetery.

Karuyeva was a teacher by profession after completing his certificate in lower primary education at the teacher's training college in Rundu in the early 90's and he also received his diploma in theology in 1994 at the Theological Seminary of the Lutheran Churches of Namibia.

He also served as a Dean of ELCIN Rundu Deanery from 2004 to 2015 and a member of ELCIN church council and became a member of various committees in the Ukwangali Traditional Authority from 2010 until his demise. The late is survived by his wife and two children and grandchildren.

Kavango West Regional Governor, Sirkka Ausiku said the region learned with shock about the untimely passing of the late revered and the region has lost a dedicated religious and community leader.

Ausiku said the late had education close to his heart when he used to manage the ELCIN church hostel in Nkurenkuru to accommodate learners from remote areas.

As a region, we will keep his legacy of wanting children to be given an opportunity to attend school alive, she said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency