29 Jan 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JAN (NAMPA) - Two senior members of the Ondonga Traditional Authority have been arrested in connection with alleged irregularities and fraud which took place during April 2012.
The two members - Ndalimela Nomalwa Tsenayo Immanuel Tunomwa Kambonde, 43, and Itamalo Jacob Shekupe, 58, were arrested by investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at Ondangwa in the Oshana Region on Tuesday.
The duo appeared in the Ondangwa Magistrate's Court on charges of fraud on Tuesday, and were released on bail of N.dollars 7 500.
Their arrests were announced by the ACC's Chief of Investigation and Prosecution, Nelius Becker in a media statement issued on Wednesday.
Kambonde faces six fraud charges, while Shekupe faces three fraud charges.
Kambonde was appointed by the Ondonga Traditional Authority to supervise the operations and payments obtained from a gravel and sand pit administered by the traditional authority.
Payments for the sand and gravel were supposed to be made into Ondonga Trust Fund's bank account. Kambonde - popularly known as 'Mannetjie'- however allegedly deposited six cheques issued by Nexus Civils into the bank account of Tsenayo Universal Services Close Corporation of which he is the sole member.
He has allegedly deposited N.dollars 211 810 into the close corporation's bank account.
Shekupe is the headman of the Oshuushe area which falls within the Ondonga Traditional Authority, and gravel and sand were excavated from a pit situated in the area under his control.
All companies excavating sand and gravel from the pit are required to pay royalties to the Ondonga Traditional Authority, which in turn pays a certain percentage to the headman - in this case to Shekupe.
On Shekupe's request, a number of cheques by Nexus Civils were allegedly made out and deposited into his personal bank account at First National Bank.
An amount of N.dollars 120 260 was allegedly deposited into the headman's bank account.
The two men will make another appearance in the Ondangwa Magistrate's Court on 31 March this year.