Education Minister found guilty of corruption

08 Jul 2019 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUL (NAMPA) – The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa who stands accused of corruption in connection with the allocation of housing at Mariental in 2014, was found guilty in the High Court on Monday.
Hanse-Himarwa was found guilty of wrongly and corruptly using her office or position as the governor of the Hardap Region for self-gratification when she made changes to the original list of the mass housing project.
The minister was found guilty in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Monday morning.
According to the Judge, overwhelming totality of the evidence presented before court during trial shows that Hanse-Himarwa had indeed influenced the removal of two names of beneficiaries from the original mass housing project list in Mariental in the Hardap Region and had replaced them with the names of her relatives between 15 and 17 December 2014.
The court concluded that the State proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that accused minister was the actual person, during her tenure as Governor of the Hardap Region, who gave a directive that the original list of 19 mass housing beneficiaries be changed and the names of Regina Kuhlman and Piet Fransman replaced with the names of Christiana Lorraine Hanse and Justine Josephine Gowases.
At the beginning of her trial in October 2018, Hanse-Himarwa denied committing the offence or any involvement in the matter when she pleaded not guilty to the charge against her.
Deputy Prosecutor-General Ed Marondezde and State Advocate Salomon Kanyemba appeared for the prosecution.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Sisa Namandje represented the convicted minister.
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