02 Sep 2019 17:21pm
WINDHOEK, 02 SEP (NAMPA) The continuation of the trial of three people arrested for fraud in 2009 in which the Finance Ministry allegedly bought security scanning equipment from a Chinese company, Nuctech, resumed in the High Court on Monday.
In the matter, two Namibians - Teckla Lameck and Jerobeam Mokaxwa - and Chinese national Yang Fan, were arrested in July 2009 for the alleged fraud involving about N.dollars 120 million at the Ministry of Finance over the purchase of security scanning equipment.
At the resumption of the continuation of the trial on Monday, Zenobia Mbinga, a former employee at Namib Contract Haulage (NCH) told presiding High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg that both accused Lameck and Mokaxwa were employees at the local long-distance transport company between 2004 and 2008 when she worked there.
Mbinga confirmed that Lameck was the chairperson of the board of directors of NCH, while co-accused Mokaxwa was employed at the company as the finance manager.
Mbinga told the court that Lameck and Mokaxwa were sent to China to buy two buses and eight tipper trucks for NCH.
According to her, the buses and trucks were at a later stage imported from China following Lameck and Mokaxwas visit to China.
Furthermore, Mbinga testified that she saw accused Yang on several occasions at the NCH head office in Windhoek between 2004 and 2008, but was not in a position to tell the court what kind of service he was rendering at the company.
The three accused denied any wrongdoing when they entered not guilty pleas at the start of their trial in 2017.
They denied guilt to 18 charges of fraud, an alternative count of theft, three charges in respect of the Immigration Control Act 7 of 1993, two charges under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 29 of 2004 and a charge under the Anti-Corruption Act 8 of 2003, a count of theft by false pretences under the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Theft Act 12 of 1999, on which they are accused of allegedly having conspired to commit the criminal acts.
The State alleges the three defrauded the Namibian Government, the Ministry of Finance or its permanent secretary of about N.dollars 120 million, between 01 October 2006 and 17 March 2009 by creating the impression that co-accused Yang was only representing Chinese security scanning equipment manufacturer, Nuctech Company in the negotiation and finalisation of an agreement between the ministry and Nuctech.
Yang also represented Teko Trading CC, a close corporation of Lameck and Mokaxwa.
The trio allegedly inflated the purchasing price of the security scanning equipment so that commission payments could be made to Teko Trading, and allegedly shared the money.
They were arrested in July 2009 by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigators.
The Namibians are free on bail of N.dollars 50 000 each and Yang is free on bail of N.dollars 1 million.
The trial continues on Tuesday.