09 Jul 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JUL (NAMPA)- President Hage Geingob on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, after the latter was found guilty of corruption in the high court here on Monday.
Hanse-Himarwa on Tuesday requested to be relieved of her duties as Minister of Education with immediate effect, following a verdict on Monday, which found her guilty on charges of corruption and using a public office for gratification during her tenure as the former Governor of the Hardap Region.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Office of the President, the Head of State accepted the resignation saying he has always advocated for processes, systems and institutions in the Namibian Governance architecture.
With the guilty verdict by the High Court of the Republic of Namibia and in line with the expressed commitment by President Geingob to transparency and the fight against corruption, the Head of State would have been left with no option but to relieve Honorable Katrina Hanse-Himarwa of her Ministerial responsibilities, the statement said.
The statement noted that the Head of State commends Hanse-Himarwa for the decision she has taken in accepting to live up to her responsibility by respecting the rule of law and the institutions of the Republic of Namibia.
In her resignation letter issued here on Tuesday, Hanse-Himarwa said all Namibians, including public office bearers have the right to a fair trial and are innocent, until proven guilty.
In light of the High Court of Namibias verdict on Monday I intend to exercise my full legal right, through the appropriate legal channels. I understand the seriousness of the conviction and I am also mindful of the Presidents strong views on transparency and accountability. In this light, I herewith confirm that I have requested to be relieved of my duties as Minister of Education, Arts and Culture with immediate effect, she said.
Hanse-Himarwa further thanked President Hage Geingob for his forthright and principled leadership, adding that serving in his Cabinet has been an honour and a privilege from which immense lessons were learned.
I apologise to both him, and the Namibian people as I know this conviction has been a source of disappointment and distress for many who know me. When I was appointed as a minister, I took oath to uphold, defend and protect the constitution and serve the Namibian people to the best of my ability, she added.