Six more suspects arrested over fake qualifications

04 Nov 2016 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 04 NOV (NAMPA) – Another six Namibians have been arrested for possession of fake qualifications purportedly obtained from colleges in Zimbabwe.
The six were arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) over the past few months and now form part of the first group of 19 Namibians arrested in 2014 for possessing similar fake qualifications.
They are Anna Ngila Ndara, Herman Ndakolo, Neliwa Miina Ndapewoshali, Emily Namaseb, Paulina Inane and Theofilia Kandowa.
The six made their first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Lüderitz Street on Friday, when their case was remanded until 01 February 2017 to allow them to apply to the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid for State-funded defence lawyers to represent them during future court proceedings.
They appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Eden Iyambo along with the first group of 19.
Public Prosecutor Tatelo Cuthbert Lusepani appeared for the prosecution.
Some of the suspects allegedly used the fake qualifications to gain admission to institutions of higher learning such as the University of Namibia; the College of the Arts and Namibia University of Science and Technology, while some have allegedly gained admission to training and potential employment at the City Police and Namibian Defence Force.
The first 19 accused are Sophia Nevonga; Regina Nelumbu; Annely Shilunga; Saima Nakathila; Josephina Iita; Gregor Sikerete; Samuel Sem; Benedicta Stephanus; Eliah Kaiko; David Shivinga; Monica Itengula; Paulus Ndara; Nghaanekwa Ingavenya; Nghaanekwa Linekela; Johanna Sakaria; Shaamena Ndeshipanda; Fillemon Jatileni; Tyson Pickard and Elmo Mathias.
They were arrested in Windhoek in October 2014 on charges of forgery and fraud.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that the Namibian Police arrested the first 19 following a tip-off from the personnel and management of the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA).
All of the suspects are free on bail ranging from N.dollars 1 000 to N.dollars 5 000.
Local defence lawyers Mbushandje Nhinda; Kadhila Amoomo; Africa Jantjies; Milton Engelbrecht, Liina Shikongo and Mbanga Siyomuinji are representing the accused.