Pastor could face more charges

26 Oct 2016 17:20pm
ONDANGWA, 26 OCT (NAMPA) – A pastor facing charges of rape, human trafficking and kidnap in the Oshana Region could also face charges of fraud according to evidence found through investigations.
Appearing in the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court during the last of a three-day bail application on Wednesday, Pedro Marcelino Moussongela’s case was postponed to 12 to 14 December for further investigation.
State Prosecutor Dollien //Gowases said evidence surfaced during investigation that Moussongela allegedly forged his qualification as well as documentation for his school, which he used to obtain a government subsidy to care for the orphans in the orphanage he owns.
“These charges could be added to your already existing charges as the State has evidence on this matter,” //Gowases said.
Questioned about this in court on Wednesday, Moussongela’s response was “doctorate or no doctorate, that is my own school and it is legit”.
In a separate case in the Ohangwena Region, Moussongela allegedly employed foreign teachers who do not have working permits, which complicates his bail application in Ondangwa even more.
He however denied the allegations of employing illegal teachers saying he is being charged with forging travel documentation for his children.
The State prosecutor also said the pastor of the Mennonite Brethren Church allegedly contacted two State witnesses during his incarceration, asking one of them to withdraw the case against him and the other to “help him win the case as they are both foreigners and need to help one another”.
“This is why the State fears granting you this bail, because you have already broken some of the conditions,” said //Gowases.
The bail hearing was thus again postponed for further cross-examination.
Moussongela, who has been in custody since his arrest in June, was from Monday scheduled to hear whether he qualifies for bail, however due to the State’s need for further investigation and the surfacing of other charges, the hearing was postponed.
He will remain in custody until his next court appearance.
//Gowases emphasised that this was allegedly an organised crime syndicate within and outside Namibian borders and that she believes more than one person is involved.
Defence lawyer Tuwilika Shailemo is representing Moussongela, who appeared before Magistrate Jurina Hochobes.