Multichoice fraud case not yet ready for trial

20 Feb 2019 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 20 FEB (NAMPA) - The case of three persons accused of defrauding Multichoice of over N.dollars 2 million, is not yet ready for trial because there is no judge available in the High Court to hear the matter.
Manga Nawa-Mukena, 37; Celestino Gabriel Antonio, 37; and Joseph Mukena (age not given) made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Wednesday, when they were informed that a judge has not yet been identified to preside over the trial as the majority of the judges are fully booked with similar official commitments.
Their case was, thereafter, postponed to 24 April 2019 for another review of case management, during which a trial judge will possibly be made known.
Wednesday's postponement was effected as per an agreement reached by prosecution representative, State Advocate Salomon Kanyemba, and the accused persons' defence lawyers Kalundu Kamwi and Mbanga Siyomuinji in court.
In the matter, Antonio alongside Nawa-Mukena, a former marketing manager at Multichoice, is facing charges of fraud, forgery and uttering.
All the charges they face are in connection with the alleged falsification of about 80 invoices between 01 April 2013 and 17 March 2017 that cost the company over N.dollars 2 million.
According to the indictment, the two accused allegedly falsified the invoices for advertisements in local newspaper Kundana, knowing that the newspaper did not provide advertising services to Multichoice Namibia.
It is further alleged that Nawa-Mukena and Antonio presented the invoices for advertising services to the company for payment, but provided their own bank account numbers as being those of Kundana.
Nawa-Mukena and Antonio are out on bail of N.dollars 50 000 and N.dollars 25 000, respectively.
Mukena, who was only formally added to the fraud case on 18 May 2018, is free on a warning.