Ruling on Namandje's books postponed to August

16 July 2020 | Justice

STAFF REPORTER

WINDHOEK



Judgment in the court case between lawyer Sisa Namandje and the Law Society of Namibia (LSN), which was due to be delivered tomorrow, has been postponed to 14 August.

“The presiding judge will not be able to deliver the judgment due to medical reasons, as communicated to the judge president,” judiciary spokesperson Ockert Jansen said.

The court battle relates to demands by the LSN for Namandje to open his trust account for scrutiny. Namandje has argued, among other things, that opening his books to the extent wanted by the LSN would violate his clients' confidentiality.

However, the society argued that Namandje's insistence on attorney-client privilege is for his own interest and an attempt to frustrate the investigation into his allegedly unsatisfactory conduct.



Fishy

Last week, while testifying in the Fishrot bail application of former fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau and his son-in-law Tamson Hatuikulipi, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigator Willem Olivier said N$15 million and N$2.5 million were paid into Namandje's law firm's trust account with the reference “governmental objectives”.

“This was flagged as suspicious. Part of this money was used for vehicles, personal loans and other items.

“And as far as investigations found, monies were used for the Swapo campaign,” he said, without saying which ruling party campaign he was referring to.

Last Sunday at a Swapo media conference, President Hage Geingob said individuals may have received unexplained monies, including from the Fishrot scandal, but none of these funds were paid directly into the ruling party's bank accounts.

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