Justice Mutambanengwe has died


Magreth Nunuhe
Retired High Court Judge Justice Simpson Victor Mutambanengwe has died.
Mutambanengwe, a veteran of the Namibian judiciary and a former chairperson of both the Namibia and Zimbabwe electoral commissions, passed away in Windhoek on Wednesday night in a local hospital.
He was 85 years old.
Mutambanengwe also served on both the Zimbabwean and Namibian High Courts.
A veteran of the Namibian judiciary, Mtambanengwe served as a judge of Namibia’s High Court from 1994 to 2006, acting Chief Justice of Namibia in 2003 and 2004 and as acting Ombudsman.
After his retirement he served as Acting Judge of Appeal.

The retired judge also served on the Public Office Bearers (Remuneration and Benefits) Commission in Namibia and chaired a commission of inquiry into the State’s health facilities.
He was born in Mutare, Zimbabwe, in 1930 and attended school at Mutambara Mission and Goromonzi High School, after which he worked as a teacher at Old Umtali Mission.

Mutambanengwe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1959 from the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

He became an advocate in 1963 after studying law at the Inner Temple in London and returned to Zimbabwe where he worked as an advocate from 1979 until his appointment to the High Court in 1986.

He later moved to Namibia where he served in the Namibian High Court in 1994.

Mutambanengwe will be remembered for serving on the Caprivi treason trial as a Judge of Appeal in the Supreme Court.
The Government of Namibia indicted 132 people for allegedly participating in the Caprivi conflict on the side of the secessionist group, the Caprivi Liberation Army, in the period between 1992 and 2002, in which many were charged with high treason, murder, sedition, and many other offences.

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