Namfisa's Shiimi laid to rest

19 Sep 2015 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 19 SEP (NAMPA) - The late Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa), Phillip Shiimi was laid to rest at the Pionierspark Cemetery in the capital on Saturday.
Shiimi was escorted to his resting place by a huge crowd of Namibians from the private and public sectors. Top Government officials who attended the funeral included former First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein, Namfisa Board Chairperson Estelle Tjipuka and many other dignitaries.
Shiimi died instantly when his Toyota double-cab drove into the trailer of a truck that was parked on the side of the road after it experienced engine failure on the Otjiwarongo-Otavi road last Saturday.
Shiimi was appointed six years ago with the primary mandate to transform Namfisa and the non-banking financial sector in Namibia.
During her speech at a memorial service held for the late Shiimi in the capital this week, Tjipuka applauded his fearless efforts and passion for sound regulation and democratic leadership style. But not once did he claim any credit for his achievements, according to Tjipuka. She said Shiimi was an extraordinary, selfless leader with impeccable integrity and a genius.
“Namfisa and the entire Namibian nation has lost a great leader; a humble soul, who only wanted the best for this country. We are all sad and heart broken, but in the midst of it all, allow me to celebrate our CEO,” she said.
Shiimi and his wife Eli were driving to northern Namibia when the accident occurred on the B1 road 68 kilometres from Otjiwarongo at around 05h30 last Saturday.
Eli Shiimi was rushed to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital and has since been discharged.
He leaves behind his wife and three children.