Mtambanengwe was a legal giant: Shivute

17 May 2017 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 17 MAY (NAMPA) - Chief Justice Peter Shivute has described the late Judge Simpson Mtambanengwe as a “selfless visionary legal giant” who dedicated his service to shaping Namibia's Judiciary a few years after the country attained independence in 1990.
Mtambanengwe, a Zimbabwean, died in a Windhoek hospital on 10 May 2017 at the age of 85.
Speaking at a memorial service held in Mtambanengwe’s honour on Monday, Chief Justice Shivute told mourners, who included senior Namibian government officials that death had robbed the country of one of its pioneering jurists.
According to Shivute, Mtambanengwe was seconded to the Namibian judiciary following a government-to-government arrangement.
He was appointed Judge of the High Court in October 1994 and sacrificed a promising career in his own country to serve Namibians.
In Namibia, Mtambanengwe laid a strong foundation on which succeeding judges endeavoured to add on.
“I can attest, without any fear of contradiction, that throughout his career in Namibia, Justice Mtambanengwe remained true to the oath of office he took upon his appointment as Judge. We have, indeed, lost a visionary and a legal giant.”
He served as a judge of the Windhoek High Court between 1994 and 2006 and as acting chief justice of the Supreme Court in 2003 and 2004.
Mtambanengwe was acting Ombudsman before being appointed as an acting judge of appeal of the Supreme Court.
He served as chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Namibia and of the Public Office Bearers (Remuneration and Benefits) Commission, and chaired a commission of enquiry into the State’s health facilities.
Mtambanengwe was appointed as a judge of the High Court in Zimbabwe in 1986, and was seconded to the High Court of Namibia some eight years later.
He also served as chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission between 2010 and 2013.
He is survived by his wife Juliana and sons Victor, Taedza and Tendai.
He will be laid to rest at Mutare in his home country on Saturday.