Hanse-Himarwa wants name cleared by ACC

12 Nov 2015 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 12 NOV (NAMPA) – Minister of Education, Arts and Culture (MEAC), Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has described the process of arrest and investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) as embarrassing, and one which also fails to clear the names of those mistakenly arrested.
Hanse-Himarwa said this during the announcement of the reappointment of ACC Director Paulus Noa and his deputy Erna van der Merwe in the National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday.
“It is regrettable that this commission has become a tool of witch-hunt against some of us, and that this commission is being used as a tool when you fall out of favour with one or another person,” she said.
Hanse-Himarwa was arrested in 2010 by the ACC on two counts of corruption after she was accused of misappropriating N.dollars 2 000 from an entertainment budget and a N.dollars 3 290 tender for curtains at her residence.
She was at the time serving as Hardap Regional Governor.
The minister said the worst part about her arrest was that she was first ‘prosecuted’ in the newspapers, which allegedly labelled and baptised her as a corrupt person.
“That label never goes away because nobody comes back to take it out. Your family suffers; your little ones are asking you questions every day whenever you are portrayed as the corrupt person. You are prosecuted in the newspapers before you are even taken into the courts.”
She does, however, not have a problem being investigated in principle.
“When I am at fault, let me be followed; and when I am to be punished, let me be punished. But when your children become victims, when your husband becomes a victim, when your family members become victims, it is no longer good,” said Hanse-Himarwa.
She informed her fellow MPs that her son had applied for a farm, and followed procedures like any other Namibian.
Hanse-Himarwa noted that she had excused herself from the entire process, including the discussion of her son’s application for the farm, for which she believed he qualified for in all regards.
Having received the farm through the procedures that were laid down, ACC officials went to visit the farm without her son’s knowledge and even interrogated the workers at the farm.
“He has become a victim. All he did is apply for the farm. He did not give himself a farm, and neither did his mother give him a farm because his mother was never the Minister of Lands. This is unfair and must be rectified,” she said.
Hanse-Himarwa further stated that ACC officials should guard against charging and convicting individuals before they appear in court.