Published on December 11th, 2010 | by admin0
A monthly look at the ups and downs of corruption. 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
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) cleared the Chief Executive Officer of the New Era newspaper, Sylvester Black of any wrongdoing following allegations that he awarded his wife a contract to train New Era staff on emotions and how they affect behaviour. The ACC found that at the time the course took place Black had no relationship with Enginie L !Owos-oas, who ran the course. As a result the ACC said in a statement that the claims, which originally featured in a report in the Informante newspaper, had no substance. (ACC)
Investigations into the Omusati toilet saga have reached an advanced stage. A quantity surveyor’s report on the actual values of the toilets constructed is said to have been completed.
The Omusati Regional Council is accused of overspending N$20 million on building 60 pit latrines with 358 seats in a period of three months. The ACC is making use of a quantity surveyor to determine the actual cost of the toilets.
Local Government Minister Jerry Ekandjo has questioned how a pit latrine could cost up to N$750 000 in Omusati, while a two-bedroom house, with a flush toilet, kitchen and lounge, in Outapi costs about N$176 000. Further media reports alleged that the Omusati Regional Council’s director of regional planning, Abisai Shaningwa, pocketed close to N$1,5 million from government, purportedly to build 27 toilets in the region through his company called Four Solution Investment. (The Namibian)
The ACC arrested two Ministry of Defence employees in connection with a N$700,000 scam. The two, Sam Shingenge (32) and Moses Vahongaifa (32), appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Magistrate Justine Asino refused the two bail and postponed the case to January 14 next year. There are two other suspects on the run, both of whom allegedly received some of the proceeds of the scam.
Shingenge, a clerk at the ministry, is said to have been responsible for processing invoices and making payments to the ministry’s creditors. He processed three invoices of Erongo RED and obtained cheques to pay the regional electricity distributor. The group then allegedly opened a bank account with a name similar to that of Erongo Red, called E Red Electrical Services, of which Shaanika is the signatory. Three cheques, totalling N$798 527, were allegedly deposited into the E Red account. The ACC is appealing for the public’s assistance in tracing the two other suspects Tobias Shaanika and Andreas Hekandjo. (The Namibian)
Karas Governor Dawid Boois made his third appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on corruption charges related to a housing scandal dating back to 2004. Facing 24 counts of corruption, Boois is accused of corruptly using his office or his position for gratification by allegedly pocketing a monthly housing subsidy of N$7,500 over a 24-month period while living in a council house. His case was postponed to March 4 next year to fix a trial date. Boois retained his Berseba seat in the recent regional council elections. (The Namibian)
A senior Prison Service official has been accused of receiving a housing allowance although he has been living in a State-owned house for more than a year. Senior Assistant Commissioner Raphael Marobera is said to have been living in a government house at the Windhoek Central Prison despite being promoted from Chief Superintendent to Senior Assistant Commissioner late last year. The post he holds is equivalent to that of a director in other government ministries. Government rules dictate that senior officials who receive housing and car allowances are not allowed to stay in government houses. (The Namibian)