Not guilty, says unionist Angula

February 5, 2015, 7:57am

Not guilty, says unionist Angula

By Werner Menges

FORMER trade union leader Alfred Angula denied in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura yesterday that he is guilty of fraud involving an amount of about N$1,24 million.
Appearing before Magistrate Leopold Hangalo, Angula (49) pleaded not guilty to a charge of fraud that he has been facing since his arrest in mid-October 2013.
Angula's defence lawyer, John Kandara, confirmed his client's plea and told the magistrate that the basis of Angula's defence to the charge would become clear during his trial.
In the charge that public prosecutor Arrie Husselmann put to Angula, the State is alleging that he defrauded Nedbank Namibia and First National Bank of Namibia on various occasions from 31 January 2012 to 31 December 2013 by creating the impression that he was authorised to withdraw a total amount of about N$1,24 million from bank accounts of the Namibia Farmworkers Union (Nafwu).
In fact, Angula did not have such authorisation as claimed by him, it is alleged in the charge.
Angula is a previous general secretary of Nafwu. He was the acting secretary general of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) at the time of his arrest.
After spending a week in police custody following his arrest, Angula was released on bail of N$50 000.
Magistrate Hangalo postponed the case to 17 April to await a decision by the prosecutor general about the continuation of the prosecution of Angula.

The Namibian