Accused in B1 City development fraud case loses lawyer

16 Jul 2019 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JUL (NAMPA) – Hafeni Nghinamwaami, one the three businesspersons implicated in the fraud and corruption case surrounding the B1 City property development project, is without legal representation after his Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer, Kadhila Amoomo, withdrew from the case.
Amoomo parted ways with Nghinamwaami on Tuesday when the accused made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg during a conference of case management review.
The lawyer cited an inability to reach a common understanding on several issues contained in the charge sheet with his client as the reason for withdrawal.
Liebenberg subsequently allowed Amoomo to withdraw from the case. Nghinamwaami was ordered to apply to the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid for another State-funded defence lawyer to defend him during future court proceedings and when his trial resumes again.
The case was thereafter postponed to 21 August 2019 to allow the Legal Aid department to appoint another lawyer for Nghinamwaami.
The three accused in the matter are former Chief Executive Officer of the Roads Contractor Company (RCC), Kelly Nghixulifwa (58), Nghinamwaami (50), and 49-year-old Anna Ndoroma.
Furthermore, on 17 October 2018, High Court Judge Liebenberg dismissed an application by Nghixulifwa in which the accused wanted the court to issue an order to compel the State to provide him with further particulars and explain in full detail that the RCC was indeed a public body at the time of the alleged commission of the offences.
The three accused face eight main charges including corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering.
These charges stem from the RCC’s involvement in the B1 City property development project opposite the Katutura State Hospital during 2005 and 2006.
RCC started this joint venture with /Ae //Gams Engineering.
It is alleged that Nghixulifwa was a shareholder in /Ae //Gams Engineering and Cradle Investments, but apparently concealed his stake in the two companies by having his shares held in Ndoroma’s name.
While still CEO, Nghixulifwa allegedly claimed payment from the parastatal and another construction company for the role Cradle Investments supposedly played in the construction of the RCC head office.
The RCC Board of Directors was allegedly also kept in the dark about Nghixulifwa’s involvement in the companies.
All three are free on bail of N.dollars 60 000 each, and their bail was extended until their next court appearance on 21 August 2019.
State Advocate Ezekiel Iipinge is appearing for the prosecution, while defence lawyers Slysken Makando and Silas Kishi-Shakumu are representing Nghixulifwa and Ndoroma respectively.