Katrina Hanse-Himarwa mocks Namibia’s criminal system for gratification

High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg should not be swayed into believing former Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa is remorseful for using her position for gratification, as doing so would make a mockery of Namibia's criminal justice system.

This was the submission of Deputy Prosecutor-General Ed Marondedze, who represented the State during the pre-sentencing trial of the former minister on Wednesday.

The 52-year-old Hanse-Himarwa was found guilty of wrongly and corruptly using her position as the governor of the Hardap Region for gratification when she made changes to the original list of beneficiaries of the mass housing project in 2014.

Earlier Wednesday, Hanse-Himarwa, through her lawyer SisaNamandje, expressed remorse for her actions and unreserved regret for her deeds.

However, Marondedze asked the presiding judge not to be persuaded by Namandje's submission.

Hanse-Himarwa will hear her fate on 31 July 2019 in the corruption case in which she was found guilty of replacing the names of two mass housing beneficiaries with the names of two of her relatives.

Source: Namibia Press Agency