Shiimi was a selfless leader: Tjipuka

WINDHOEK: The late Phillip Ndayooloka Shiimi was an extraordinary, selfless leader with impeccable integrity and a genius, according to the Namfisa Board Chairperson Estelle Tjipuka.

She paid tribute to Shiimi during the corporate memorial service held for the Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Financial Institution Supervisory Authority (Namfisa) on Wednesday at the Roman Catholic Church Hall. Corporates representatives included amongst others, the Association of Unit Trust of Namibia, Investment Managers Association of Namibia, Namibia Insurance Association, Namibia Insurance Brokers Association, Retirement Fund Institute of Namibia, Association of Independence Marketers, Life Assurance Association of Namibia and the Bank of Namibia.

“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 lamented.

Shiimi died in an accident on the Otjiwarongo-Otavi road on Saturday.

He 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.

Shiimi was appointed six years ago with the primary mandate to transform Namfisa and the non bank financial sector in Namibia.

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 the board and staff of Namfisa remain committed to its mandate and strategy for transformation.

“We remain committed towards our vision and want to give assurance t the financial service industry and consumers of financial services, that our work will continue at the same pace and intensity as it used to,” she added.

Speaking at the same occasion, the Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein echoed the same sentiments, noting that Shiimi was a loyal and committed Namibian citizen.”

“Phillip may be no more, but his exemplary neat legacy will forever live on. He is no more, but his unquenchable lust for hard work, his love for the people, the country will always remind us of the kind of person the late Shiimi was,” he added.

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 that same day.

Eli Shiimi was rushed to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital and has since been discharged.

Shiimi was born on 21 November 1972.

He left his wife and three children behind.