Education Minister's corruption trial postponed to May

20 Mar 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 20 MAR (NAMPA) - The continuation of the trial of Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa who stands accused of corruption, will resume in the High Court here at the beginning of May.
The minister made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Wednesday, when her corruption case was postponed to 01 May for the continuation of the trial.
As per an agreement reached by the prosecution and defence in court today, the continuation of the trial will run from 01 May until 05 May 2019.
The proceedings will again continue on 18 June.
Today's postponement was effected as per an agreement reached by the accused minister's defence lawyer Sisa Namandje and prosecution representative, State Advocate Salomon Kanyemba in court.
The corruption charge against Hanse-Himarwa relates to the minister’s former duties as governor of the Hardap Region between 2005 and 2014.
At the beginning of her trial in October last year, the 51-year-old Hanse-Himarwa denied committing the offence when she pleaded not guilty to the charge against her.
In a statement presented before court, she said she never used her office or position for gratification when she was Hardap governor.
On 12 March this year Regina Kuhlman, a resident of Mariental, told the court her name was allegedly removed from the original list of mass housing beneficiaries at Mariental in 2014 because she was a member of an opposition political party.
Kuhlman, a regional coordinator of the Popular Democratic Movement, said her name was removed from the original list of mass housing beneficiaries along with that of Piet Fransman. Their names were reportedly replaced with that of Christiana Lorraine Hanse and Justine Josephine Gowases, who are related to Hanse-Himarwa.
According to Kuhlman, Fransman's name was also removed from the original list after rumours started doing the rounds in Mariental that the two belong to the opposition party.
Hanse-Himarwa on 29 October 2018 admitted before court that she is related to both Hanse and Gowases, but denied ordering that they be added to the list of housing beneficiaries.
She is free on a warning.