Deputy Prisons Chief to hear PG's decision on Friday

13 Jun 2013 08:30
WINDHOEK, 13 JUN (NAMPA) - Deputy Commissioner of Prisons Tuhafeni Hangula will hear a decision from the Office of the Prosecutor-General with regard to his case of fraud over the authenticity of his school-leaving certificate, on Friday.
Hangula made another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on 30 May this year, when his alleged fraud case was postponed to 14 June this year in order to allow the Prosecutor-General to take a decision on the matter.
?The decision taken by the Office of Prosecutor-General Martha Ekandjo-Imalwa has not yet been made available to the prosecution team. I, therefore, ask the court for a postponement of this case to 14 June 2013 in order to allow the Office of the Prosecutor-General to pronounce itself on the matter,? Public Prosecutor Arrie Husselman said when he asked presiding Magistrate Hileni Kavara for a further postponement last month.
That postponement was also a final remand for the PG's decision.
Hangula is free on bail of N.dollars 2 000.
The deputy commissioner faces charges of fraud, forgery and uttering.
The charges against the 44-year-old Hangula stem from allegations that the Standard 10 (Grade 12) school-leaving certificate he has been using is not genuine.
According to earlier media reports, Hangula testified about this issue in the High Court in Windhoek in October last year during a trial on a defamation claim that he had instituted against weekly newspaper 'Informante' about an article which did not deal with his school qualifications.
Hangula won the above-mentioned defamation case against the weekly publication 'Informante' and its editor Nghidipo Nangolo in connection with a story in which it was claimed that he had helped an alleged fraud suspect to flee from Namibia while that suspect was free on bail.
High Court Judge Dave Smuts cleared Hangula of any wrongdoing when he delivered a ruling on the matter on 27 November last year.
Meanwhile, documents placed before the court in that defamation case indicated that the correctness of Hangula's Standard 10 certificate was confirmed in a letter which was signed by an official in the then-Ministry of Education and Culture in April 1995.
However, in a letter which the Ministry of Education's Director of National Examinations and Assessment, Charles Nyambe had written to the Office of the Ombudsman in March 2011, it was stated that it was established with a subsequent investigation of records in the Education Ministry that Hangula's school-leaving certificate was not genuine.
Hangula also testified during the hearing of his defamation claim that he was employed in the public service before Namibia attained independence on the basis of the Standard Eight (Grade 10) qualification, which he had at that time.
However, Hangula has continued to improve his academic qualifications in spite of questions about the validity of his school certificate, over the past few years.
He graduated at the Polytechnic of Namibia with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Correctional Management) degree in 2012.
(NAMPA)
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