Kora case judgment next Thursday

Eba Kandovazu

THE Windhoek High Court today postponed a judgment in which the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) is suing Kora Music Awards organisers, Sarl Mundial Telecom, a company owned by Ernest Adjovi.

Adjovi is being sued for about N$ 23.5 million (US$ 1.5 which NTB paid in 2015 to host the show in Namibia. The show was scheduled for March 2016 although it never happened. The NTB, represented by Advocate Thabang Phatela, in its heads of argument said that the case concerns one of the most far reaching abuses of a Namibian public entity by a foreign company in its quest to gain access to the public funds at the expense of the NTB.

Adjovi, who was supposed to appear in court as a witness was a no-show during trial, although his witness statement was read onto the record by his lawyer. No witnesses were called in to testify in his favor. “These are the individuals that the NTB CEO dealt with when the agreement was concluded and implemented particularly during the crucial stage from December 2015 to March 2016 stage. For some unexplained reason the defendant opted at own risk not to call any individuals who had first-hand knowledge of the agreement and its implementation as witnesses.

“There was also no explanation given as to their failure to call those witnesses,” the NTB argued in their submissions.

Judge Collins parker today indicated that the judgment was not ready.

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