Katjavivi and Geingob react to Hanse-Himarwa’s conviction

10 Jul 2019 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JUL (NAMPA) - National Assembly Speaker, Peter Katjavivi and President Hage Geingob commended the independence of the Namibia’s judiciary after the conviction of former Education, Arts and Culture Minister, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, for corruption and the use of public office for gratification.
According to Katjavivi, no Namibian, irrespective of their status should receive preferential treatment from the judiciary and described the judgement as an indication that Namibia has strong institutions, referring to a verdict in which High Court Judge, Christie Liebenberg convicted the former education minister of graft.
He made these comments in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday evening, just a few hours after Hanse-Himarwa relinquished her Cabinet position.
“As a country, we have institutions. We have rules and we are governed by the rule of law. In short, Namibia's democracy and the systems are alive and basically functioning. All of us have to uphold them and there is no way of running away from that,” Katjavivi said.
“You could resign as a minister but you could still retain your seat in parliament. She might opt for that option,” he added.
Katjavivi's sentiments on the judiciary were echoed by President Hage Geingob, who reiterated his support for an independent judiciary.
“We allowed the independent courts when the case was brought up to deal with it. We didn’t interfere with it. We didn’t say don’t touch our minister,” he said.
Hanse-Himarwa is expected to appear in court again on 24 July 2019 for the presentation of her pre-sentencing evidence.