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Loyalty to her country was her defining characteristic – PS Ashipala-Musavyi speaks on Schimming-Chase passing

by Staff Writer

Permanent secretary in the Ministry of International Relations, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi has described the late Ambassador Nora Schimming-Chase as someone who made a difference and served with diligence wherever.

Schimming-Chase, who was born on 1 December 1940 passed away in the early hours today.

“Ambassador Schimming-Chase was among the first core group of diplomatic cadre selected to establish the Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately after independence in 1990,” Ashipala-Musavyi said.

She added that, Schimming-Chase was a bright woman who was full of life. 

“She was a constant source of encouragement to junior staff members and sound advice for her colleagues.  Thus, as we mourn her passing I wish us to recall what Shakespeare once said: “Laughing faces do not mean that there is an absence of sorrow.  But it means that they have the ability to deal with it”.  That is how I feel we should celebrate Ambassador Schimming-Chase’s life, laughing while mourning,” Ashipala-Musavyi said.

On retiring from public life and in recognition of her leadership qualities and diplomatic experience, Schimming-Chase was selected by her peers as the founding Chairperson of the Namibian Association of Retired Ambassadors.

“The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation is immensely proud to have been associated with Ambassador Schimming-Chase and we are grateful for her service.  She left an indelible mark.”

“The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Management and all Staff of the Ministry express its condolences to the bereaved family and express our solidarity with them during this moment of bereavement,” Ashipala-Musavyi said.