06 May 2014 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAY (NAMPA) The trial of Cameroonian businessman Antoine Mbok and a Namibian national facing charges of fraud and corruption involving nearly N.dollars 4 million, will begin in March next year.
This trial is set to begin in the High Court on 16 March 2015.
Mbok (age not given) and Namibian national Daniel David Nghiwilepo, 40, made another appearance in the High Court before Judge Naomi Shivute on Tuesday morning, when their alleged fraud and corruption case was remanded to next year for plea and trial.
This was done as per agreement reached by the two men's defence lawyers, Boris Isaacks and Brownell Uirab with prosecution representative, led by State Advocate Shakwa Nyambe.
The two men will face a total of 10 charges of fraud and corruption when the trial begins.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge-sheet have it that the two men allegedly defrauded several Namibian businesses and Government agencies of up to N.dollars 3,9 million in Valued-Added Tax (VAT) and returns for import VAT.
Allegations are that between 25 January 2010 and 18 February 2010, five cheques were intercepted by personnel at the Ministry of Finance, and deposited into Mbok's companys account.
The company is a corporate body, and is duly registered as M Finance (Pty) Limited, in accordance with Namibian Laws.
According to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), which was the investigating agency in the alleged fraud and corruption case, the five affected entities were GS Fainsinger Associates and Consulting Engineers; the Ministry of Health and Social Services' Global Fund; Edu-Loan (now Letshego Financial Services Namibia); Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino; and AfriSam Cement Namibia.
The ACC said after the deposits were made, N.dollars 277 450 was withdrawn, while a further US.dollars 14 730 (about N.dollars 103 000) was transferred electronically to a company called Strong Technologies for the purchase of Strong Digital Satellite Receivers in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
At the time when the deposits were made into the account of the second accused (Mbok's company, M Finance), several names of depositors were allegedly used by the accused persons in order to conceal the nature, origin, location, disposition and movement of the property, the ACC stated.
The two men (Mbok and Nghiwilepo) were earlier charged along with a registry clerk in the Ministry of Finance, the 39-year-old Veronika Kituna Thomas.
Thomas pleaded guilty to five counts of corruptly using her office at the Ministry of Finance and her position for self-gratification at the start of the trial before High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka on 10 February 2012 as per instruction by her defence lawyer, Jan Wessels.
Upon admitting her guilt, Thomas was found guilty as charged by High Court Judge Siboleka.
She was sentenced to an effective eight years imprisonment.
Mbok is currently free on bail of N.dollars 3 000, while Nghiwilepo is free on a warning.