25 September 2017

Namibia: Boois to Spill the Beans On Katrina

FORMER Hardap region chief regional officer Yvonne Boois has pledged to present evidence of corruption by education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa to the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Addressing the media at her Windhoek residence on Friday, Boois accused Hanse-Himarwa of misusing her powers and her office for personal gain when she was the Hardap governor.

The former Hardap CRO is due to appear in the Mariental Magistrate's Court today on charges of corruption stemming from alleged irregular awarding of tenders, among them a security tender worth more than N$2 million.

The ACC arrested Boois and others in August and the court granted them bail of N$4 000 each.

Boois aleged that Hanse-Himarwa and her husband, Ghenno, withdrew N$1,1 million from the Hardap Regional Development Trust Fund's account within two months this year.

She also alleged that the money was transfered to the Himarwas' farm account.

When she was the CRO, Boois claimed that she signed a cheque for N$300 000 from the regional development trust on Hanse-Himarwa's instruction.

The Himarwas, she further claimed, invested the money in a Hardap feedlot project and that they neither provided a share certificate nor paid any dividends to the regional council.

In addition, Boois accused Hanse-Himarwa of resettling her son on a land that had been allocated to a pensioner.

"I have evidence against them. I have nothing to hide. The truth will set me free," Boois said.

Boois said she would deliver the implicating documents to the ACC today, with copies to be submitted to the Ombudsman's office.

In an interview with The Namibianyesterday, Boois said she reported some of the allegations to the ACC in 2012, but was told to resolve the issues at regional level because they were "administrative matters".

"They sent it back and said I must investigate myself with the staff members because it was administrative corruption. I just left it because I was never taught how to investigate," she said.

However, yesterday ACC director general Paulus Noa said he was not aware of the 2012 submissions, but added that Boois was free to provide "her evidence" to ACC investigators working on the case against the minister.

Noa also said the ACC was still investigating the case, saying "a lot of information was still coming in".

"There is nothing in the law that can prevent a person from providing information to the ACC. If she believes that she has got information that can help the investigation, she must just contact the person dealing with the files. She knows the investigators are dealing with the case," Noa said.

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