Another RTC employee implicated in corrupt land sales

14 Aug 2017 16:50pm
By Peter Muronga
RUNDU, 14 AUG (NAMPA) – Yet another senior employee of the Rundu Town Council (RTC) has been implicated in using his office for gratification.
Herman Haingura, the council’s strategic executive for corporate service and administration, stands accused of promising municipal land to Ruganeni Investment CC in exchange for money.
The contract signed between Haingura and Ruganeni seen by Nampa indicates that Haingura received an advance payment of N.dollars 56 000 for one of two identified pieces of land.
Erf 2431 in Extension 8 measures 4 925 square metres (m3) and is worth N.dollars 369 000, while Erf 917 in Extension 3 measures 617m3 and is valued at N.dollars 77 000.
Verification at the Deeds Office proved that the two erven belong to the RTC.
Haingura agreed that he would effect transfer of the property on or before 31 March 2016.
The two parties further agreed that in the event Haingura fails to transfer the land, he would pay back the money advanced to him at 15 per cent interest.
Haingura was about to be dragged to court for failure to deliver, but has since opted to settle the matter out of court.
Haingura admitted in a letter to Ruganeni Investment CC through their lawyers Lutibezi Attorneys that he owed the company an amount of N.dollars 64 000 with interest.
“I wish to state that I did not neglect or refuse to make the above payment to your client, but I am in the process of making the payment which is only delayed by circumstances beyond my complete control, in that I am waiting for payments from somewhere else,” the letter reads.
Contacted for comment last week, Haingura denied all allegations related to the sale of public land, saying the agreement was a loan agreement between him and Ruganeni.
He said if the owners of Ruganeni had a problem with the agreement, they could have contacted him on the matter.
“Those allegations are basically towards defamation of a person’s character,” said Haingura.
Speaking through Lutibezi Attorneys, Ruganeni said Haingura started paying off his debt.
Haingura is the third RTC employee implicated in using their office and position for gratification.
Others include Leevi Kakukuru, who is accused of receiving money for town land.
Sithembinkosi Moyo allegedly formed a company and corruptly used her position to win tenders from the RTC.
She has since appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court and her case was postponed to September for formal bail application. She remains in custody.
Acting RTC Chief Executive Officer, Mathew Naironga last week told Nampa he is still waiting to be briefed by an investigation team on the various matters to allow council to deliberate on what direction to take.