Ex-NUNW boss to plead to fraud charges next month

WINDHOEK; The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW)’s former acting Secretary-General Alfred Angula, who was arrested on allegations of fraud in October 2013, will plead to the charges against him early next month.

The 48-year-old firebrand trade unionist, who is free on bail of N.dollars 50 000, previously made an appearance in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on 24 November last year where his alleged fraud and theft case was remanded to 04 February this year for the purpose of plea.

Angula will plead to the charges which have been levelled against him by the State, in terms of Section 119 of the Criminal Procedures Act.

He was set to plead to the charges on 24 November 2014, but could not do so because the docket of his case was only brought before court earlier that same day.

His case was then postponed to 04 February this year, as per agreement reached between Angula’s privately-instructed defence lawyer Edwin Coetzee and Senior Public Prosecutor, Arrie Husselmann, who is representing the State in the matter.

On 23 October 2013, Angula was released on bail of N.dollars 50 000, which was granted by Magistrate Claudia Classen after the accused brought a formal bail application before court.

The bail was granted with a single bail condition attached to it, in that Angula should not directly or indirectly interfere with the police investigations.

The trade unionist is facing a charge of fraud and theft involving about N.dollars 1.2 million, which was donated to the Namibia Farmworkers’ Union (NAFWU) by a European donor agency.

Earlier reports carried by a local English daily said Angula was arrested after the donor agency, Fes- Belgium, laid charges of fraud and theft against him for the alleged missing money.

The accused allegedly committed the offence between 31 January 2012 and 31 December 2012, it is indicated on the charge sheet.

Angula was the General Secretary of NAFWU until July 2011, when he took up the position of acting Secretary-General of the NUNW federation.