Guest Contributor | May 20, 2019 | 0
ACC bags two corrupt public office bearers
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) recently completed a 2016 investigation of a corruption case against an employee of the Rehoboth Town Council, Jennifer Kays, in respect of the forgery and subsequent use of the forged qualifications.
During the investigation of the matter it was found that Kays forged academic qualifications to secure a position as Financial Manager at the Rehoboth Town Council. It also became apparent that the same qualifications were presented and utilized at her previous place of employment at the Namibian Airports Company.
Kays has subsequently been arrested and charged with eleven counts of corruption, fraud and uttering of a forged instrument. Kays pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to an effective term of three years of imprisonment on the 19th of June 2017 in the Windhoek Magistrates Court.
Meanwhile the Anti-Corruption Commission had on 5 February 2016 also started investigating allegations against a Public Prosecutor of the Otjiwarongo Magistrates Court, Johannes Nunuheb, in which it was alleged that he allegedly misused his official position and office by corruptly receiving money from members of the public who were issued with traffic fines under the pretense that he will pay the tickets on their behalf and then he allegedly misappropriated the cash.
“He would then allegedly further misrepresent to the presiding Magistrate that the tickets were defect and must be withdrawn, whilst such tickets were not defect,” the Commission said in a statement.
On conclusion of the investigation the case docket was presented to the Prosecutor General who decided to incriminate Nunuheb in the Magistrates Court at Otjiwarongo on the corrupt use of office or position, theft under false pretenses and providing false information to an authorized officer of the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Nunuheb was arrested on the 15 June 2017 and appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrates Court, where he was granted bail of N$ 2000. The case was remanded to the 29-30th August 2017 for plea and trial.