12 arrested in corruption-related cases in six months

Stefanus Nashama

In the last six months, 12 people have been arrested in corruption-related cases.

This was announced by ACC spokesperson Josefina Nghituwamata in a statement on Monday.

A number of the cases involve civil servants.

The most recent case involves Kefas Kalitheni Amutenya (46), an official from the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reform, who was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of N$600 from a community member at Onankali last month.

Amutenya, a Workhand official under the Directorate of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Coordination, was taken into custody by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on 13 April.

He was charged with contravening sections 38 and 43 of the Anti-Corruption Act of 2003.

In another case, a crime investigator from the Windhoek police criminal investigation department is facing charges of corruption and organised crime.

Andreas Shampapi Haikera (38) allegedly used his position for personal gain, contravening several sections of the Anti-Corruption Act and the Prevention of Organized Crime Act.

In November, a police officer was allegedly offered a bribe of N$4000 by Nenelao Matheus and Efraim Shilongo.

The money was to be used to bail out Jonas Nestory who was arrested for being in possession of a pangolin skin.

The members of the public were arrested and are currently out on bail.

In October last year, six officials from the Zambezi Regional Council appeared in court on corruption charges involving over N$4 million, which is alleged to have disappeared from the regional council in 2020. Among them is the chief regional officer, Regina Ndopu-Lubinda.

The ACC called on public servants to prioritize the interests of the nation over personal gain.

“Individuals are urged to refrain from engaging in corrupt activities and to report any such behaviour to law enforcement. Those appointed or employed in positions of trust must commit to performing their duties diligently and ethically and uphold a high level of integrity at all times,” said Nghituwamata.

Another case involved an administration officer and a driver of the Forum for African Women Educationalist Namibia (FAWENA).

Shekupe Nomboga and Wilbard Kambweshe were arrested on allegations of fraudulently and corruptly misusing the organisation’s credit card.

They allegedly misappropriated N$ 50,000 between September 2021 and October 2023.

To Report corruption, call 0800 222 888, email anticorruption@accnamibia.org, or visit any ACC office in WINDHOEK, Otjiwarongo, Oshakati, or Swakopmund

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