State funeral for Schimming-Chase
14 Mar 2018 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 14 MAR (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob on Wednesday accorded the late Nora Schimming-Chase a State funeral, according to a statement issued by Press Secretary, Alfredo Hengari.
In terms of Article 32 (8) of the Namibian Constitution, President Geingob has conferred the honour of an official State funeral on the late Schimming-Chase, the statement read.
Schimming-Chase, who was a Namibian ambassador to Germany and Austria as well as a parliamentarian, died on Tuesday, aged 77, after a long illness and a memorial service will be held in her honour at Parliament Gardens on Friday.
The Head of State lauded the late ambassador as a diplomat par excellence, a fearless fighter and activist for a free Namibia in which all, irrespective of race and ethnic origin, could enjoy their rights.
During the period of grief, Geingob extends his deepest sympathies to family, comrades and friends, the statement further said.
Schimming-Chase was also the South West Africa National Union (Swanu) party representative in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in the 1970s.
She is survived by three children, two grandchildren and one sibling.
Her husband, who hailed from Saint Lucia, died in December 2017.