Agri employee in court on Wednesday over fraud

25 Mar 2014 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 25 MAR (NAMPA) - An employee of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday for alleged fraud and corruption involving over N.dollars 100 000.
Joyce Daphne Erna Zussino, 29, was arrested by investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) earlier this month, and will make her second appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court.
She is facing nine charges of fraud and corruption for allegedly having contravened Section 36 of the Anti-Corruption Act 8 of 2003.
An amount of N.dollars 121 749.50 is said to be involved in the alleged fraud and corruption case.
She made her first appearance here on 06 March, after which her case was postponed to 26 March.
The case docket has already been forwarded to the Office of Prosecutor-General Martha Ekandjo-Imalwa for a decision to be taken on the matter.
Zussino is employed as a private secretary of the Director of Extension and Engineering Services at the Agriculture ministry's head office in the capital.
She owned a company called Tuahafa-Zussino Creations, which allegedly delivered some services to that ministry.
It is further alleged that the accused had a role in obtaining quotations for the said ministry, and her company also submitted quotations while she was privy to the information and pricing of other suppliers.
Furthermore, it was alleged that she did not have the required permission to perform outside remunerative work.
In terms of Section 36 of the Anti-Corruption Act 8 of 2003, a public officer commits an offence knowingly and corruptly, and otherwise as a member of a registered joint stock company consisting of more than 20 persons when it acquires or holds, directly or indirectly, a private interest in any contract, agreement or investment emanating from or connected with the public body, on or in which he or she serves as a member or as an employee, or which is made on account of the public body.
Zussino is free on bail of N.dollars 20 000.