Ya Nangoloh, Shaduva settle

Human rights activist Phil ya Nangoloh says he will continue to pursue legal action against others accused him of criminality.

09 March 2018 | Justice

NamRights executive director Phil ya Nangoloh has reached an out-of-court settlement with one of five former employees who had publicly levelled a slew of unsavoury allegations against him in 2013.

The settlement agreement was reached on Tuesday after Festus Shaduva unconditionally apologised for the harm caused to Ya Nangoloh's “fame, dignity, reputation and career as a consequence”.

Shaduva published or caused the publication of several news articles, letters, press releases and text messages in which he alleged that Ya Nangoloh, in his capacity as head of NamRights, had committed and was guilty of certain criminal acts such as corruption, embezzlement of donor money, theft and bribery, as well as sex-for-favours. Ya Nangoloh sued Shaduva along with his former colleagues David Jeremia, Johanna Elago, Denys Nandjigwa, Festus Nuunyango and former board chairperson Tangeni Nuukuawo. Also sued were Namibian Sun and its former editor, Toivo Ndjebela, for having published the news articles.

Namibian Sun in February 2013 wrote about the former employees, who attempted to depose Ya Nangoloh from his position at NamRights, amid claims they were not paid regularly since 2006 and allegations that Ya Nangoloh had pocketed donor money and had also used funds money to develop properties.

The former workers also urged donors and others to see to it that Ya Nangoloh is prosecuted for his “soon-to-be-known crimes”.

On 27 February 2103 it was reported that the former employees, then calling themselves the NamRights Revolutionary Committee, had called on the board to hold a special meeting to discuss the alleged abuse of power, attempts to sell regional offices and allegations that money was given to former DTA politician Phillemon Moongo. Ya Nangoloh has strenuously denied all the allegations.

On 1 March 2013 it was reported that Nuukuawo had resigned as NamRights board chairperson before the board convened to address the allegations against Ya Nangoloh.

Ya Nangoloh is quoted as having said that the articles published in Namibian Sun were meant to destroy NamRights and to tarnish his reputation.

After the settlement agreement was reached with Shaduva, Ya Nangoloh said that he will continue his legal action against the other defendants in the matter.

He said NamRights had lost funding as a result of the allegations.

A day after the first article was published in early February 2013 the German embassy had cancelled a N$800 000 sponsorship meant for a civic education programme, Ya Nangoloh alleged.

Lawyer Isle Achenbach acted on behalf of Ya Nangoloh. The five former NamRights employees were represented by Norman Tjombe.

Catherine Sasman

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