Court fraudsters to be dealt with accordingly

09 Feb 2014 13:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 09 FEB (NAMPA) – The Deputy Minister of Justice has urged all court employees across Namibia to refrain from stealing money or case dockets from courts.
Tommy Nambahu made the appeal during a meeting with officials of the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
He is on a four-day visit to all courts in the //Karas and Hardap regions, along with Deputy Director of Courts Administration Eino Uushona. Their first stop was Keetmanshoop.
Nambahu said a lot of money has gone missing from courts’ coffers over the past years, prompting the line ministry to put up strict supervision in the handling of money.
“We will make sure whoever is found guilty of fraud will be punished. We can no longer allow ourselves to be pulled into the mud by such practices.
“Leave other people’s money. Why should you cut your career short because of some coins? I am really disturbed by such thefts,” he said.
He also expressed concern about dockets going missing from courts, when they are supposed to be carefully stored by legal officials and police.
Shedding light on the mechanisms to be used to protect money, Uushona said control measures will be strengthened by introducing quarterly inspections of court books by Control Legal Clerks.
“Theft and fraud cases are experienced largely because in most cases administrative heads neglect checking their duties, and unscrupulous legal clerks take that advantage to steal,” the deputy director explained.
He continued that such inspections will reveal all the loopholes, and drastic actions will be taken against those who are found neglecting their duties.
“I, therefore, seriously urge you to be serious with your work in view of the fact that gross negligence will cost you your jobs. So, let us deliver quality services to leave a good legacy when we retire.
“Our legacy will be a robust foundation for the next generation,” advised Uushona.
He noted that the justice ministry is currently busy installing digital recording machines in all magistrates’ offices to replace the analog machines currently in use.
The electronic, digital machines will be used to record court proceedings, and will do away with the delay currently experienced in transcribing such proceedings from analog machines or writing them on paper.
Nambahu and Uushona visited Lüderitz on Saturday, and will be in Gibeon and Maltahöhe of the Hardap Region on Monday, before returning to the capital.