Usakos court clerk convicted for fabricating birth certificate

01 Mar 2015 13:10pm
USAKOS, 01 MARCH (NAMPA) – The Usakos Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday convicted one of their former clerks for fabrication of a full birth certificate.
Elton Gurirab, 36 was fined N.dollars 10,000 or three years imprisonment after he was found guilty of contravening the Immigration Control Act, No 7 of 1993.
Magistrate Jennifer Nghishitende suspended one year and N.dollars 4 000 from Gurirab’s sentence for a period of five years, on condition that he not commit the same offence within that time.
He will then have to pay N.dollars 6 000 or spend two years behind bars.
Court documents shows that while working as a clerk at the court in 2013, Gurirab fabricated a full birth certificate for a Zimbabwean national.
The male Zimbabwean allegedly requested Gurirab to write him the birth certificate and send it to him via Courier Service, in exchange for N.dollars 1 000.
After receiving the false birth certificate, the Zimbabwean national allegedly tried to apply for a Namibian passport and that is how the matter was detected.
Immigration officials realised that the full birth certificate was fabricated; as such they traced it to Guribab.
Prosecutor Hilma Gottlieb represented the State on this matter.