Investigations into NSC fraud saga still ongoing

19 Feb 2018 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 19 FEB (NAMPA) – The fraud case involving former Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) acting Chief Administrator, Walter Haseb and former NSC Development Officer, Yvonne Nande was on Monday postponed to June this year due to incomplete investigations.
According to Public Prosecutor, Rowan van Wyk in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday, documentation from both Nedbank Namibia and Standard Bank Namibia in respect of the fraud case are still outstanding and will be obtained from the two banks in the next few weeks.
Van Wyk added that the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s investigating officer assigned to the case has also contributed to the delays in finalising the investigations as she has been on maternity leave for the past few months and only resumed duty this week.
Presiding Windhoek Magistrate, Vanessa Stanley, subsequently postponed the case to 26 June 2018 to allow NamPol enough time to finalise the investigations into the matter.
The two accused's privately-instructed defence lawyers of Kadhila Amoomo and Vetu Uanivi also demanded that today's postponement of the case be made a final remand to allow the police to finish their investigations.
The two defence lawyers bitterly complained that the case has been on the court roll since September last year for further police investigations and strongly urged NamPol to make sure they finish the investigations in the next four months as per court order.
Nande and Haseb are each free on bail of N.dollars 40 000, and their bail was also extended until their next court appearance.
They were arrested by officers attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on 26 July 2017 on charges of corruptly using their offices or positions for personal gain or gratification.
The two are accused of misappropriating N.dollars 4.5 million in 2016.
Haseb resigned from the NSC on 28 December 2016, while Nande resigned at a later stage.
NSC Chief Administrator, Freddy Mwiya last year said his office has been working with the ACC for some time as they were investigating some financial irregularities at the commission.
(NAMPA)
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