Two senior Unam officials arrested for alleged corruption

04 Sep 2014 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) - Two senior Unam employees were arrested this week in connection with alleged corruption in the tendering process for the construction of hostel facilities at the Neudam Agricultural Campus.
They are University of Namibia (Unam) Pro Vice-Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Dr Boniface Mutumba who is a member of Unam's Tender Board; as well as Ruben Prinz, the institution’s Assistant Director of Estate Services.
Mutumba was arrested on Monday, and Prinz on Wednesday by investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Mutumba appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Luderitz Street on Tuesday, and Prinz made an appearance in the same court on Wednesday.
Their case was remanded until 03 October this year for the fixing of their trial date.
They are both free on bail of N.dollars 5 000 each.
The ACC's Chief Investigator, Nelius Becker said in a media statement availed to Nampa here on Thursday the two men were arrested shortly after the ACC completed investigations pertaining to the alleged corrupt use of office and position for gratification by the two Unam employees during the tender process for the construction of hostel facilities at that campus.
It is alleged that Prinz made recommendations to the Unam Tender Board, on request of Mutumba, for a company, C & K Construction and Electrical CC (close corporation), to be awarded the tender, despite it being more expensive than other tenderers.
Prinz allegedly omitted certain information and supplied incorrect information regarding that company to the Tender Board.
The Tender Board then, based on the presentation made by Prinz, awarded the tender to that company.
The process was, however, stopped after suspicions were raised with respect to the tender allocation to the aforesaid company.
The ACC investigated the allegations, and on completion of its probe forwarded the case file to the Office of the Prosecutor-General, which decided to arraign Mutumba and Prinz in the Regional Court on charges of contravening section 43(1) (corruptly using office or position for gratification) and contravening section 35(3) (corruptly using a false document by an agent) of the Anti-Corruption Act, Act No. 8 of 2003.
The two men will stand trial in the Windhoek Regional Court in Katutura along Mungunda Street.