Well, many only came to know him as the friendly preacher with the soothing voice on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) indigenous Otjiherero vernacular radio station (Omurari) early morning and late night religious programmes, but in real life, the stocky man of the cloth was a mean defensive midfielder, stopping marauding attackers right in their tracks during his stint with Katutura glamour football club African Stars, back in the day.
The well-informed departed preacher formed an integral part of the Reds’ outfit that represented Starlile’s second generation. Some of his celebrated teammates were: Amos Tjombe, Floyd Maharero, Obed Kamburona, George Hoveka, Meundju Kakunde, Petrus Mazenge, Raonga ‘Rhoo’ Mbaeva-Kaumbangere, Ripuree Hoveka, Theo Ndisiro, Phillip Kapuindi Hei, Willem ‘Scage’ Kandjiriomuini, Dawid Ndjoze, Bob Vepi Kauapirura, Chope Kauazunda, Chief Berthold Tjiundje, Hijambura Ndjahera, Dixie Kariko, Maihijombua Hei, Aphas Katjivirue, Mike Kangova Pack, Cleophas ‘Danger’ Siririka, Tjatjitua Katjiteo, Epson ‘Omburu ja Pako’ Kapuire, Chief Tumbee Tjombe.
Upon retirement from competitive football in the early 70’s, the always immaculately dressed ‘footie’ bravely exchanged his football togs for the Bible, vigorously spreading the word of God.
Incumbent Namibian Ambassador to China and former schoolteacher at the Herero Senior Primary School (St Barnabas) and the Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School in Katutura, Eliah Kayamo, showered the departed man of the cloth with a touching message of condolence.
“As young teachers at the time, the late Pastor Kaimu helped us greatly to grow in our chosen careers despite the many challenges we faced. A community leader in his own space, the deceased played a major role to uplift awareness in the area of religious studies and moral behaviour. It’s against this background that I would like to register my undivided sympathy and solidarity towards his dear widow madam Noni, children, church followers, and to my dear sister Otilie Kavejandja. As a noted patriot during the struggle for democracy in his area of specialization, he played a critical role alongside the late Floyd Kamaarijanda Maharero, his neighbour Usiel Tjijenda and many others. Pastor Kaimu completed his historical mission as entrusted to him by the Namibian historical realities ... Let his kind soul Rest in Eternal Peace.”