EXACTLY one year and two months after the corruption trial of the Minister of Education, Arts and Curlture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, started in the Windhoek High Court, the saga has been wrapped up with the judgement expected to be handed down in July.
This was revealed today when Judge Christie Liebenberg’s postponement of the matter until 8 July 2019 for judgement after hearing heads of arguments from both the prosecution and defence for the past two days.
The judge informed the court that he will deliver his judgement in the matter at 10:00 on that day after counsel for the defence of the embattled minister, Sisa Namandje, completed submitting his heads of argument earlier on Tuesday.
Namandje concluded his submission by stating that there were serious irregularities in the Anti-corruption Commission’s investigation and has requested that the High Court acquits Hanse-Himarwa on the corruption charges.
The corruption allegations emanate from the time she was Governor of the Hardap region when she allegedly changed the mass housing list by removing beneficiaries, apparently affiliated to an opposition party, and adding two of her relatives’ names.
Namandje refuted claims that politics were discussed at the meeting where the purported change of names occurred.
He further maintained that it was wrong for the investigating officer to consolidate one of the witnesses’ statements.
He argued that there must be another statement that the defence team is not given.