Convicted Hanse-Himarwa incurs legal bill of N.dollars 1.4 million

Former Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, who was convicted of corruption earlier this month, has incurred a bill of over N.dollars (1) one million in legal fees of her privately-instructed legal representation.

Hanse-Himarwa'sdefence lawyer SisaNamandje made this public on Wednesday before morning when he addressed the court on the type sentence to be handed down in respect of the convicted former minister's corruption case.

According to Namandje, Hanse-Himarwa has so far incurred a bill of about N.dollars 1, 418, 788.95 in legal fees for her legal representation (team) of the Windhoek-based SisaNamandje law firm.

Namandje told presiding High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg that Hanse-Himarwa has so far only managed to pay an amount of about N.dollars 581, 655.00 to the local law firm.

Furthermore, the former education minister is now owing the law firm an outstanding amount of N.dollars 837, 133, 95, which she is being requested to pay before or on 01 August this year (2019).

On 08 July 2019, Hanse-Himarwa was found guilty of wrongly and corruptly using her position as the governor of the Hardap Region for self-gratification when she made changes to the original list of beneficiaries of the mass housing project in 2014.

The minister was found guilty in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge Liebenberg.

According to the judge, the overwhelming totality of the evidence presented before court during trial showed that Hanse-Himarwa had indeed influenced the removal of two names of beneficiaries from the original mass housing project list at Mariental in the Hardap Region.

She is said to have replaced the names with names of people related to her between 15 and 17 December 2014.

The court concluded that the State proved beyond reasonable doubt that Hanse-Himarwa was the actual person who, during her tenure as Governor of the Hardap Region, gave a directive that the original list of 19 mass housing beneficiaries be changed by replacing the names of Regina Kuhlman and Piet Fransman with that of Christiana Lorraine Hanse and Justine Josephine Gowases.

Deputy Prosecutor-General Ed Marondedze is being assisted by fellow State Advocate Salomon Kanyemba.

Source: Namibia Press Agency