23 Oct 2013 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 23 OCT (NAMPA) Acting National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) Secretary-General Alfred Angula, who was arrested last week by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Special Unit over allegations of fraud, has been released on bail.
The 48-year-old firebrand trade unionist was released on bail of N.dollars 50 000, which was granted by Magistrate Claudia Classen in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Mungunda Street in Katutura on Wednesday morning.
The bail was granted with a single bail condition attached to it in that Angula should not directly or indirectly interfere with the police investigations.
He is facing a charge of fraud and theft involving about N.dollars 1,2 million, which was donated to the Namibia Farmworkers Union (NAFWU) by a European-based donor agency.
Angula's alleged fraud case was today remanded until 10 February next year to allow for police investigations into the matter.
The above-mentioned date was agreed upon by Public Prosecutor Peter Kandjumbwa and Angula's private defence lawyer Edwin Coetzee in court this morning.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge-sheet have 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.
Reports carried by English daily 'New Era' today said 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.