Mbumba urges support for churches 

By: Nahum Kantene

President Nangolo Mbumba said that no one can force anyone to believe or belong to a particular faith, and it is pertinent that all citizens understand this point. Mbumba made these remarks at the Elcin-Etumo festival at the Omandongo, Onayena Constituency in the Oshikoto Region.

“The church demonstrated faith to invite me, knowing I would come. Therefore, I have decided to honour the church’s invitation since I am also a product of the church and a member of Elcin. “We are all cognisant that Namibia is a predominantly Christian country. However, as the President, I represent Namibians in the spirit of Article 21 (1) (c) of the Namibian Constitution. “This Article accords Namibians the right to practice the religion of their choice, which means that no one can force anyone to believe or belong to a particular faith. It is pertinent that all citizens understand this point,” he explained.

He said that the festival allows Christians to come together to enlighten the truth of the gospel and reflect our values and fellowship. “Omandongo was the first Finnish missionary station in Namibia. After receiving a warm welcome from Omkwaniilwa Shikongo shaKalulu, the missionaries settled here and began their work, holding the first-ever sermon in the region.

“As Christians, we should continue to support modern-day mission work through financial contributions, volunteering, and involvement in church activities. We should endeavour to live out our faith by adhering to the biblical teachings and reflecting compassion, love and support to our neighbours and those in need as demonstrated by the early missionaries,” he noted.

Mbumba further stated that Christianity and the work of the Christian church, in particular, is intertwined with the struggle of the Namibian people for freedom from Apartheid colonialism.

In his concluding remark, he said the country should remember and honour the extraordinary legacy of the missionaries who came before us. “Their work has transformed Namibia and shown us the profound impact of faith in action. As we celebrate the Elcin-Etumo Festival,” he explained.