Namandje says Hanse-Himarwa should not pay for ACC's failures

Namandje says Hanse-Himarwa should not pay for ACC's failures

Sisa Namandje told the court there has never been a case of a cabinet minister in the High Court in Namibia's history and using former Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa as a case study would not be fair just because the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) may have failed its mandate to arrest others in senior offices.
The former minister pleading not guilty at the start of the trial should not be used as punishment for the common reason of "wasting the courts time" Namandje said.
He said the accused person has the right to plead not guilty if the accusation lacked truth at the beginning, and also by law any accused person is innocent until proven guilty.
Any punishment attached to that may not be fair.
She has a reduced salary, and have a legal bill of N$1,4 million of which only about N$400 000 was paid and sentencing her to prison would not be a fair decision.
There was a platform for the accused person's unlawful decision not to be put in practice.
There is no evidence that the former minister objected the two beneficiaries removed from the list from benefiting from the Mass Housing project based on their political affiliation as indicated by the state because the two later benefitted from phase two of the project even with more bigger houses with just two to three months delay from the first-phase handover.
Namandje concluded the defense counsels submissions, and the court has adjourned until after lunch. The state will then deliver its submissions.