Corona disrupts RDP corruption investigations

Andrew Kathindi

President of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) Mike Kavekotora has said that the party’s internal investigations of party members Brunhilde Cornelius and Nicanor Ndjoze, who are fingered in bribery allegations, have been disrupted by the recently imposed travel restrictions in Windhoek.

Last month, Cornelius, who is the RDP Secretary General and City of Windhoek (CoW) councilor, claimed in a report by Al Jazeera that Ndjoze, RDP’s secretary for transport had offered her a bribe so that she would not oppose a 5G partnership between the City of Windhoek and Chinese mobile giant Huawei.

“We have asked the two members to write letters explaining their status in these accusations, in order for us to determine guilt or not. The letters have been written and sent to the party, but we have not yet been able to sit and meet and discuss the content of the letters. Corona has disrupted things,” Kavekotora told Windhoek Observer.

According to current travel restrictions, people traveling into or outside of restricted areas, including Windhoek, are required to quarantine for seven days at their own cost.

Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula said travel permits will not be issued for weddings and other social events however reservations will be made for funerals of close kin.

The new measures were put into effect by President Hage Geingob in light of rising cases of COVID-19 in Windhoek.

“Right now, I am at the farm and I will only be able to attend to that matter once the travel restrictions in Windhoek have been lifted,” Kavekotora said.

The return to stage 3 of the state of emergency lockdown for the rest of the country and the curfew which was enforced on Erongo and Khomas is set to lapse on 28 August.

CoW Head of Information and Communication Technology, Reckliff Kandjiriomuini who was also fingered in the corruption scandal has since been placed on suspension by the municipality following allegations of corruption leveled against him.

“He has been suspended to allow unhindered investigations, but he has not been charged yet,” City CEO Robert Kahimise confirmed.

CoW spokesperson Harold Akwenye told Windhoek Observer that a report on the investigation into Kandjiriomuini is expected to be presented to the CEO this week.

“The CEO informed Internal Audit to do the investigations and those investigations are ongoing, but they should be done by this week. I just have to find out as to how far they are. As it is, the report had to be on the CEO’s table by this week. The ACC is busy with their own investigation but from our side the investigation is ongoing.”

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