Ex-NUNW boss denies defrauding donor agency

04 Feb 2015 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 FEB (NAMPA) – Unionist Alfred Angula has denied any wrongdoing in allegations of fraud and theft in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
The former acting Secretary-General (SG) of the National Union of Namibian Workers’ (NUNW) 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 Namibian Farmworkers’ Union (NAFWU).
The accused's alleged fraud and theft case involves about N.dollars 1.2 million donated to NAFWU by a European donor agency.
Angula was at the helm of NAFWU as SG when the money allegedly went missing at the union.
The charge-sheet indicated that the accused person allegedly committed the offence between 31 January 2012 and 31 December 2012.
The 48-year-old unionist entered pleas of not guilty to the two charges against him before Windhoek Magistrate Leopold Hangalo, as per instruction of his defence lawyer John Kandara this afternoon.
During Wednesday's court proceedings, Angula did not disclose the basis of his defence or pleas of not guilty.
His case was thereafter postponed to 17 April this year.
Angula is free on bail of N.dollars 50 000, which was also extended until his next court appearance.
He was released on bail on 23 October 2013 after he had brought a successful 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.
Senior Public Prosecutor Arrie Husselmann is representing the State in the matter.