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Published on August 2nd, 2006 | by admin

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Graftwatch

A monthly look at the ups and downs of corruption and good governance. The UP highlights progress and results in the drive for good governance while the DOWN includes new cases of graft and delays and inaction in existing cases

UP The Director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Paulus Noa asked President Hifikepunye Pohamba to release the reports of various official inquiries into corruption so that his office could start follow-up investigations. The ACC ordered its first arrest. A Secretary at the People’s Primary School in Katutura, Priesca Auchas, was arrested on charges of forgery and theft after she allegedly pocketed N$10,220 in school funds. Prime Minister Nahas Angula approved the staffing structure of the ACC, enabling the agency to start recruiting staff for 30 posts. In the meantime, the ACC recruited several police officers on a temporary basis so that it could proceed with investigations. Oshakati Receiver of Revenue Hans Haraseb was found guilty on nine charges of misconduct under the Public Service Act. The misconduct hearing recommended that he be dismissed. Haraseb, who is accused of involvement in tax fraud, remains suspended on full pay while he appeals. The Swapo Party in the Omaheke region suspended without pay its regional administrator, Castro Kavari, after he was accused of accepting a bribe. Kavari was arrested in April for allegedly giving official documents to farmer Gert Koekemoer in return for N$2,500. The documents related to an investigation into the deaths of three women on Koekemoer’s farm, apparently from drinking contaminated alcohol. Koekemoer subsequently reported Kavari’s action to the police. The Law Society of Namibia ordered that the bills of two lawyers be cut by almost two-thirds after they were criticised for being excessive. Lucius Murorua and Nate Ndauendapo had initially charged over N$600,000 each for services rendered during the disciplinary hearings of top officials at the Namibia Development Corporation. Both lawyers had their bills cut by nearly N$400,000. DOWN The Police Regional Commander in the Hardap Region, Bollen Sankwasa, appeared in court on a charge of theft after he was accused of stealing petrol from police stores. The heads of the Rundu and Zambezi Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) appeared in court on charges of fraud and corruption. Both Felix Mukasa of the Rundu VTC and Simon Mubiana of the Zambezi VTC are accused of ordering items for their centres from non-existent companies and then taking the money made available by the Ministry of Education for themselves. Students from the institutions complained that the two men were allowed to return to their jobs after their court appearances. The former Chairperson of the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF), Maru Tjihumino, launched a legal challenge to his removal from the post last year. He also indicated he would bring a Labour Court case over his suspension from his post as Accountant General in the Ministry of Finance and his later transfer to the post of Director of Administration. Tjihumino is accused of conflicts of interest concerning his business dealings and his official work. A former top soccer official, Imms Namaseb, appeared in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court on a charge of cheque fraud.  Graftwatch is sponsored by the Namibia Institute for Democracy’s Zero Tolerance for Corruption Campaign


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