ACC probe at 'advanced stage'

In July this year, the ACC started investigating Swapo councillors at Omuthiya after they were accused of leasing plots to themselves without ministerial approval.

18 October 2019 | Crime

An Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigation into alleged corrupt practices by Omuthiya council political office-bearers is at an advanced stage.

Once completed, the docket will be forwarded to the prosecutor-general's office for a decision.

This was confirmed by ACC spokesperson Josefina Nghituwamata.

In July this year, the ACC started investigating Swapo councillors at Omuthiya after they were accused by former town CEO Samuel Mbango of being involved in alleged corrupt practices in Oshikoto's regional capital.

“This case or investigation is not yet finalised, however, it is at an advanced stage. Once the investigation is finalised the findings will be forwarded to the prosecutor general's office for a decision, and once that process is finalised, then the public will be notified of the findings and decision.

“As of this stage we cannot divulge further information on the investigation or the findings thus far,” Nghituwamata said.

On 10 June, Mbango wrote a letter to urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga in which he exposed the alleged corrupt dealings.

This then fuelled a demonstration on 22 June by a group calling itself 'Swapo Party Members, Supporters, Veterans and Sympathisers in Omuthiya District' that submitted a petition to Swapo Oshikoto regional coordinator Armas Amukwiyu.

On 3 June, four councillors - mayor Katrina Uusiku and her deputy Heskiel Nanyeni, management committee chairperson Beata Nashongo and committee member Enos Shipahu - all voted against renewing Mbango's employment contract.

In his 10 June letter to Mushelenga, Mbango listed alleged irregularities by Uusiku, Nanyeni, Nashongo and Shipahu, whom he accused of leasing plots to themselves without ministerial approval.

Omuthiya is currently without a CEO after the councillors terminated Mbango's contract on 30 August.

Last month an Ondangwa Labour Court arbitrator and Mushelenga both advised the town council to follow the right procedures, if it does not want to renew Mbango's contract.

The council failed to provide proof to Mushelenga that it informed Mbango on time that it will not renew his contract.


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