Jail time for corrupt education official

May 7, 2015, 8:07am

Jail time for corrupt education official

By Werner Menges

A CORRUPT scheme in which a Ministry of Education official pocketed money from people trying to buy their way into being employed by the ministry earned the official a prison term of two years this week.
The two-year term of imprisonment given to Aron Kaiyamo should make him realise that crime does not pay and that he should resist the temptation of making a quick buck when another opportunity to do so arises, magistrate Vanessa Stanley told Kaiyamo during his sentencing in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
Kaiyamo's sentence should also send out a message that society would not tolerate dishonesty, the magistrate said.
In the case before her Kaiyamo (41) was reflected as a greedy civil servant who used his office for his own gain, she said.
Kaiyamo was found guilty on six counts of corruptly receiving payments from people after he had promised them that he would organise employment with the Ministry of Education for them or people connected to them.
In her verdict, magistrate Stanley found that Kaiyamo, who was employed in the education ministry as a human resources officer, corruptly received payments totalling N$18 900 from six people after he had promised to organise jobs for them in the ministry. He received the payments during February and April 2010.
The case in which he was sentenced this week is not the only legal trouble in which Kaiyamo has found himself. 
In a second, similar case that is pending in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court, he is charged with six main counts of corruptly accepting gratification as an inducement, alternatively using his office or position for gratification.
In respect of those charges the prosecution is alleging that during the period from April to July 2010 Kaiyamo solicited and received six payments - varying from N$1 000 to N$3 000 and amounting to a total of N$10 500 - from six people with the promise that he would provide them with employment in the Ministry of Education. 
The prosecution is alleging that when Kaiyamo did that, he knew he was not authorised or entitled to make any undertakings that he would get people jobs in the ministry, and that he received the money for his personal use.
During the sentencing magistrate Stanley said she was taking into account that the people who had paid money to Kaiyamo in the hope of getting employment with the education ministry were not entirely above reproach either. 
They knew very well what they were getting themselves into and were aware that what they were doing was wrong, but still thought it was appropriate to pay Kaiyamo to get them employment with the ministry, she recounted.
All of the complainants, who lost the money they had paid to Kaiyamo, were willing participants in his shady dealings in order to further their own interests, she commented.
Kaiyamo, who was free on a warning from the court before his sentencing, was represented by defence lawyer Kadhila Amoomo. Henry Muhongo prosecuted.

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