Three Maltahöhe Village Council bigwigs appeared before the Mariental Regional Court on charges of corruption involving a N$2 million tender for the construction of a fire station.
The Village Council’s Assistant Accountant and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Otto Michael Richard, Artisan Foreman and Electrician, Geronimo Tise as well as Councillor and Chairperson of the Maltahöhe Village Council Markus Saal will make their first appearance on the 29th of August 2018.
According to the ACC, allegations are that they used their office or positions between August and October 2015 to solicit a N$150 000 bribe from three contractors. Tise and Saal also face a separate charge of laundering N$88 000.
They are also accused of attempting to defeat the course of justice (Tise-two charges with two separate witnesses) by trying to persuade a witness to lie to an Authorised Officer of the ACC and by attempting to convince a witness to withdraw a statement made to the corruption watchdog.
“The investigation was concluded and forwarded to the Office of the Prosecutor General who decided to arraign the three accused persons in the Mariental Regional Court on contraventions of section 43(1) of the Anti- Corruption Act (Corruptly use office or position to obtain gratification- all accused), contravening section 6(b) of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act, Act 29 of 2004- money laundering (Tise & Saal) and two charges of the common law offence of attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice (Tise only),” said the ACC.
Richard and Saal were arrested on the 22nd of August 2018, while Tise was arrested on the 23rd of August 2018.
They were granted bail of N$ 40,000 each (at the time of release of this press statement the bail was not yet paid) and part of their bail conditions are: handing in all travel documents and not applying for new travel documents, reporting every Friday at the Maltahöhe Police Station as well as not interfering with any state witnesses.