Students with apparently fake qualifications to plead Friday

30 Jun 2016 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JUN (NAMPA) - A group of 18 Namibians arrested in 2014 for allegedly possessing fake qualifications obtained from bogus colleges in Zimbabwe, are scheduled to plead to the charges on Friday.
The group last appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along L├╝deritz Street on 31 May this year.
It is reported that some of the young men and women had allegedly used the fake qualifications to gain admission to several Namibian institutions of higher learning over the past few years, while some have received employment at different companies in the country.
The accused are Sophia Nevonga; Regina Nelumbu; Annely Shilunga; Saima Nakathila; Josephina Iita; Gregor Mbanze Sikerete; Benedicta Stephanus; Eliah Kaiko; David Ndemusuunye Shivinga; Monica Itengula; Paulus Ndara; Nghaanekwa Linea Ingavenya; Nghaanekwa Linekela; Johanna Sakaria; Shaamena Lossina Ndeshipanda; Fillemon Jatileni; Tyson Pickard and Elmo Mathias.
They were arrested during October 2014 at various locations in Windhoek on charges of forgery and fraud.
The 18 are now reportedly studying in various fields at the University of Namibia (UNAM), College of the Arts, and Namibia University of Science and Technology, while some of them have allegedly gained admission to training and potential employment at the City Police and Namibian Defence Force (NDF).
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) arrested the 18 following a tip-off from the personnel and management of the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA).
The majority are free on bail ranging between N.dollars 1 000 and N.dollars 5 000, while Pickard and Mathias still remain in police custody.
Local defence lawyers of Mbushandje Nhinda, Kadhila Amoomo, Africa Jantjies, Milton Engelbrecht and Mbanga Siyomuinji are representing the accused.
The group appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Justine Asino while Public Prosecutor Joseph Andreas handled the State's case on 31 May this year.