Fraud charges against Swapo's Kandjii dismissed

29 Oct 2013 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 29 OCT (NAMPA) - Fraud charges levelled against the former Regional Sports Development Officer in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture, Ambrosius Kandjii, were dismissed by the Windhoek Magistrate' s Court here on Tuesday.
The 43-year-old Kandjii, who is now the ruling Swapo-Party' s Regional Councillor for the Katutura Central Constituency, was acquitted of the alleged fraud charges he had been facing since August 2007.
These charges stemmed from allegations that he had used a Government-owned vehicle without authorisation between 10 July 2007 and 31 August 2007 while he was serving as a regional sports development officer responsible for the Sports Ministry's boxing outreach and development programmes.
Evidence presented before court by the prosecution had it that Kandjii was arrested on 20 August 2007 by investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for allegedly using a government-owned vehicle without the authorisation or permission of the owner.
He allegedly contravened Section 43 of the Anti-Corruption Act by using the vehicle – a GRN 32602 Chevrolet - to transport some people from other areas to Windhoek without the owner's consent.
In her judgement on Tuesday morning, Windhoek Magistrate Ruth Herunga said after carefully perusing the evidence presented before court by both the defence and prosecution, she came to the conclusion that the State had completely failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Kandjii made use of a government-owned vehicle without authorisation.
“All the documentation presented before court shows that the accused was authorised to use the vehicle. As a result I, therefore, find the accused person not guilty on the fraud charges he was facing,” the magistrate stated.
Kandjii was initially charged in the same case with Eckhart Modisa.
The 44-year-old Modisa, who was not working for the government at the time, had pleaded guilty to the charge of driving the government vehicle in question without the owner's consent.
He was sentenced to a fine.
Prominent Windhoek-based defence lawyer Mel Harmse represented Kandjii.
Public Prosecutor Veikko Alexander handled the State’s case.