CoD’s Amuthenu pays tribute to Schimming-Chase

13 Mar 2018 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAR (NAMPA) – Acting President of the Congress of Democrats (CoD), Vaino Elago Amuthenu has described the late politician Nora Schimming-Chase as a pioneer of gender balance in the country.
Schimming-Chase died in the early hours of Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. She was 77.
Amuthenu, in a brief message of condolences issued via media statement Tuesday, said as CoD vice-president, Schimming-Chase was at a time the female Member of Parliament with the most senior political party position.
He said Schimming-Chase, who was one of the founders of the party in 1999, served on both the National Working Group as well as the National Executive Committee of the Congress of Democrats.
According to Amuthenu, Schimming-Chase pioneered the 50/50 zebra gender representation in Namibia’s politics whilst still with the CoD.
“We will remember democrat Schimming-Chase for her principled work in defence of the constitution of our country when she joined with others in forming our party in the difficult days of 1999. Her parliamentary record in defence of our values, principles and policies speaks for itself,” he said.
The acting president said others, particularly the women of CoD, will take many a lesson from the departed politician’s stellar and articulate defence of a better life for all.
Schimming-Chase left the CoD in 2009.
The struggle veteran was Namibia’s ambassador to Germany from 1992 to 1996 and Austria from 1994 to 1996.
She was also the Swanu representative in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 1974 to 1978.