WINDHOEK, 03 AUG – Joseph Kalimbwe, a former president of the University of Namibia (UNAM)’s Student Representative Council (SRC) facing charges of fraud and forgery, is scheduled to plead to the charges against him on 28 September 2018.
The 26-year-old Kalimbwe made another appearance on Friday in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court, when his case was postponed for the purposes of entering pleas and the commencement of the trial.
The former SRC leader will enter his preliminary pleas to the charges against him in terms of Section 119 of the Criminal Procedures Act of 1977.
In addition, Kalimbwe, who on 18 July 2018 lost legal representation following the withdrawal of his privately-instructed defence lawyer Stanley Kavetu from the case, has now acquired the services of State-funded defence lawyer Robert Xamseb.
Windhoek Magistrate Vanessa Stanley presided over the matter today.
Kalimbwe is free on bail of N.dollars 1 000, which was also extended until his next court appearance.
The bail is coupled with some conditions, which include that Kalimbwe surrender his passport to the police investigating officer and that he should not apply for any new travel documents until his case is finalised.
He is also expected to report every Friday between 08h00 and 12h00 to the Windhoek Police Station.
Kalimbwe was arrested on 31 May 2017, while allegedly attending a student gathering at the UNAM Main Campus in the capital.
He faces three charges of forgery, fraud and altering.
Kalimbwe’s title as the SRC president was revoked in May 2017 following his arrest.