No bail for arrested firebrand unionist Angula

17 Oct 2013 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 17 OCT (NAMPA) – Acting National Union of Namibian Workers’ (NUNW) Secretary-General Alfred Angula, who was arrested on Wednesday by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)' Special Unit over allegations of fraud, has been refused bail.
The firebrand trade unionist made a brief appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Thursday morning on a charge of fraud and theft involving about N.dollars 1.2 million when the State, led by Public Prosecutor Menencia Hinda, strongly objected to the granting of bail to Angula at this stage due to the complexity and serious nature of the charges he is facing.
As a result of this, the accused now has to spend the next six days in police custody at the Katutura police station’s holding cells until 23 October when he returns to the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Mungunda Street for the start of the hearing of his formal bail application.
This date was agreed upon by Hinda and Angula's private defence lawyer Edwin Coetzee in court this morning.
Windhoek Magistrate Conchita Olivier was on the bench.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge-sheet has it that Angula allegedly defrauded the Namibia Farmworkers’ Union (NAFWU) of about N.dollars 1.2 million, which was donated to the union by a foreign donor agency.
According to reports carried by English daily 'New Era' today, Angula was arrested after the donor agency, Fes Belgium, laid charges of fraud and theft against him for the alleged missing money.
The accused allegedly committed the offence between 31 January 2012 and 31 December 2012, it is indicated in the charge-sheet.
Angula was the secretary-general of NAFWU until July 2011, when he took up the position of acting secretary-general of NUNW, the umbrella union of all affiliated trade unions in the country after the unceremonious departure of Evilastus Kaaronda.