Police investigations into N$5 million fraud case incomplete

29 Aug 2014 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 29 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibian Police investigations into an alleged theft and corruption case involving N.dollars 4,9 million from the Ministry of Works and Transport, are not yet complete.
This was said by Public Prosecutor Henry Muhongo during another appearance of six people arrested in June this year in connection with the matter.
The group appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Kauli Nghishitende along Luderitz Street here on Friday morning.
Their case was then postponed to 30 October 2014 in order to allow the police to complete their investigations.
The accused persons are Manuel Heyn, 52; Jacobus Totie Gurirab, 43; Berend Johannes Neels; 49, Castro Mafitelo Lifalaza (age not mentioned), and two officials from the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Jane Ndapandula Kashiyukile (age not mentioned), and Brown ‘Rasta’ Abraham, 39.
Earlier reports carried by local English daily New Era had it that the accused 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 six 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 the one for which details were initially provided, and that she had to 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and in order to see if the money had indeed been deposited, an initial amount of N.dollars 500 was allegedly withdrawn from an Automated Teller Machine (ATM).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 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 six accused persons in June.
All six 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.
Lifalaza was arrested at a later stage in July.
Windhoek-based defence lawyers Mbushandje Ntinda,Henrico von Wielligh, Kadhila Amoomo, James Diedericks and Hipura Ujaha represented the accused persons.
All the six accused persons, with the exception of Lifalaza who is still in police custody, are free on bail of N.dollars 30 000 each.
(NAMPA)
SKE/TK