11 Jul 2014 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUL (NAMPA) - Three of the five people arrested in June this year in connection with a theft and corruption case involving N.dollars 4,9 million from the Ministry of Works and Transport, have been released on bail.
Manuel Heyn, 52; Jacobus Totie Gurirab, 43; and the 49-year-old Berend Johannes Neels were all released from police custody after they managed to pay their N.dollars 30 000 bail each.
The other two suspects still in police custody for failing to pay their bail money are officials from the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Jane Ndapandula Kashiyukile (age not mentioned), and Brown Rasta Abraham, 39.
This is according to officials at the Windhoek Magistrate's Court, who spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity on Friday.
Reports carried by local English daily New Era today had it that four of the arrested five persons, excluding Kashiyukile, are all linked to a company which obtained a tender from the Ministry of Health and Social Services a few years back.
According to the newspaper report, the five people allegedly conspired to have a total of N.dollars 4,9 million deposited into a bank account supposedly belonging to the company contracted by that Ministry.
It is alleged that Kashiyukile was informed that the bank account of the company contracted by her ministry had changed from one for which details were initially provided, and that she must deposit money into a new bank account.
She is said to have complied with the instruction, and in order to see if the money had indeed been deposited, an initial amount of N.dollars 500 was allegedly withdrawn from an Automated Teller Machine (ATM).
It is further alleged that thereafter, the accused persons allegedly proceeded to withdraw an amount of N.dollars two million from inside the bank, raising suspicion amongst bank officials.
The bank then informed members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), who arrested the five accused persons last month.
All five accused persons each face two counts of corruption under the Anti-Corruption Act, including corruptly using an office or position for gratification.
Kashiyukile was arrested on 19 June this year, while Heyn and Abraham were nabbed the following day.
Gurirab and Neels were arrested on 24 June 2014.
Public Prosecutor Henry Muhongo represented the State, while Windhoek-based defence lawyers Mbushandje Ntinda and Hipura Ujaha represented the accused persons.
They will return to the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Lüderitz Street on 29 August this year.