Former Education Minister to hear pre-sentencing evidence Wednesday

The presentations of the pre-sentencing evidence in the case of Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa who was earlier this month convicted of corruption in connection with the allocation of housing at Mariental in 2014, is expected to be heard in the High Court here tomorrow, Wednesday.

During the pre-sentencing evidence, both Deputy Prosecutor-General Ed Marondezde and the convicted minister's privately-instructed defence lawyer SisaNamandje will address the court on the type of the punishment (sentence) to be handed down.

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

The minister was found guilty in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on 08 July this year.

According to the Judge, overwhelming totality of the evidence presented before court during trial shows that Hanse-Himarwa had indeed influenced the removal of two names of beneficiaries from the original mass housing project list in Mariental in the Hardap Region and had replaced them with the names of her relatives between 15 and 17 December 2014.

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

At the beginning of her trial in October 2018, Hanse-Himarwa denied committing the offence or any involvement in the matter when she pleaded not guilty to the charge against her.

Marondezde is being assisted by fellow State Advocate Salomon Kanyemba.

Source: Namibia Press Agency