Ex-NUNW's acting boss pleads to fraud charges Wed

03 Feb 2015 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) – The National Union of Namibian Workers’ (NUNW) former acting Secretary-General Alfred Angula, who was arrested on allegations of fraud in October 2013, is expected to plead to the charges against him on Wednesday.
The 48-year-old firebrand trade unionist, who is free on bail of N.dollars 50 000, previously made an appearance in the Katutura Magistrate's Court on 24 November last year.
His case was then remanded to 04 February 2015 for plea and trial.
Angula will plead to the charges which have been levelled against him by the State in terms of Section 119 of the Criminal Procedures’ Act.
He was set to plead to the charges last year, but could not do so because the docket of his case was only brought before court earlier that same day.
On 23 October 2013, Angula was released on bail, which was granted by Magistrate Claudia Classen after the accused had brought a formal bail application before court.
The bail was granted with a single condition attached to it in that Angula should not directly or indirectly interfere with the police investigations.
The trade unionist is facing a charge of fraud and theft involving about N.dollars 1.2 million, which was donated to NAFWU by a European donor agency.
Earlier reports carried by a local English daily said Angula was arrested after a Belgian donor agency (Fes- Belgium) laid charges of fraud and theft against him in connection with donor funds which allegedly went missing at the union.
The accused allegedly committed the offence between 31 January 2012 and 31 December 2012, it is indicated on the charge-sheet.
Angula was the General Secretary of NAFWU until July 2011, when he took up the position of acting Secretary-General of the NUNW federation.
His privately-instructed defence lawyer is Edwin Coetzee.
Senior Public Prosecutor Arrie Husselmann is representing the State in the matter.