Kandara's statements inconsistent: Wessels

01 Aug 2014 14:20pm

WINDHOEK, 30 JUL (NAMPA) ? Defense lawyer Jan Wessels on Tuesday pointed out inconsistencies in the testimony of Christophine Ndapewa Kandara in the Avid Investment Asset Management Company and Social Security Commission (SCC) fraud trial underway here. Kandara was being cross-examined in this N.dollars 30 million trial. She is the widow of the late Lazarus Kandara, who is suspected to be the mastermind behind the SSC?s vanished investment. Wessels said Kandara?s first police statement given on 11 August 2005, and those given over the past nine years do not reflect the same information. He was specifically referring to a document which Kandara said she had to sign after receiving money from one of the accused in the matter, Nico Josea. Kandara told the court on Monday that she received between N.dollars 220 000 and N.dollars 240 000 from Josea in 2005. However, the document she had to sign in receipt of that money stated that the amount was N.dollars 300 000. Wessels pointed out that Kandara said she signed for N.dollars 300 000, and not an amount between N.dollars 220 000 and N.dollars 240 000. He said this N.dollars 300 000 was not mentioned in previous statements she had given to the Namibian Police. On her part, Kandara said it was not easy for her to stand in front of the court and tell the truth. ?I am not going to make it easier for you,? Wessels replied. Josea, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Namangol Asset Management Company, and six other people stand accused of defrauding N.dollars 30 million, which belonged to the SSC. The other accused are former Deputy Minister of Works, Transport and Communication Paulus Iilonga Kapia; Avid Investment's Administrative Secretary Inez //Gases; former Acting Secretary-General of the National Youth Council (NYC) Ralph Blaauw, and his wife Sharon Blaauw. The other two suspects are Labour Ministry official and lawyer Otniel Podewiltz, and Brigadier Mathias Shiweda. Defence lawyers Sisa Namandje, Christie Mostert, Werner Boesak and Slysken Makando are defending the seven accused persons, while Deputy Prosecutor-General Ed Marondedze, assisted by State Advocate Cliff Lutibezi, are appearing for the State. The case adjourned for lunch, and continues on Wednesday afternoon with more cross-examination. (NAMPA) ANS/ND/TK