24 May 2017 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 MAY (NAMPA) - One of the three businesspeople arrested in connection with fraud and other charges surrounding the B1 City property development project, has not yet secured legal representation.
Hafeni Nghinamwaami was left without a lawyer in January this year when his private defence lawyer, Lucious Murorua, withdrew from the case after the accused could not raise the needed funds for the payment of his legal representation.
Nghinamwaami informed High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg during a pre-trial conference of case management review on Wednesday that he has now sought assistance from the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid for a government-sponsored lawyer to defend him during future court proceedings and the actual trial.
He told the court that the personnel at the Directorate of Legal Aid informed him last week that they are assessing his request for Legal Aid and a response on the matter will be communicated to him on or before this Friday.
As a result, the continuation of the fraud trial was on Wednesday put on hold until 28 June 2017 while the accused awaits a response from Legal Aid.
Nghinamwaami is charged alongside Anna Ndoroma and former Roads Contractor Company (RCC) Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Nghixulifwa.
Advocate Louis Botes and lawyer Silas Kishi-Shakumu are representing Nghixulifwa and Ndoroma.
State Advocate Simba Nduna appeared for the prosecution.
The trio faces eight main charges including corruption, fraud, theft, and money laundering.
These charges stem from the RCCs involvement in the B1 City property development project opposite the Katutura State Hospital during 2005 and 2006.
It is alleged that Nghixulifwa was a shareholder in both /Ae //Gams Engineering and Cradle Investments, but apparently concealed his stake in the two companies by having his shares held in Ndoromas name.
The RCC Board of Directors was allegedly kept in the dark about Nghixulifwas stake in /Ae //Gams Engineering, in which Nghinamwaami and Ndoroma were allegedly also shareholders.
All three are free on bail of N.dollars 60 000 each.