Agribusdev presses on with Uugwanga probe
23 September 2020 | Local News
Investigations into the conduct of former Agribusdev CEO Petrus Uugwanga will continue despite his death last week, board chairperson Sophia Kasheeta has informed Namibian Sun.
Uugwanga was suspended in June to pave the way for investigations into his conduct at the company.
“We are still busy with the investigation,” Kasheeta said when asked what was expected to happen following Uugwanga's death.
When asked why the company was proceeding with the investigation, Kasheeta would not provide a clear response, saying: “I do not want to answer, it was the institution”.
A source within Agribusdev informed Namibian Sun that a forensic audit had been instituted against Uugwanga.
“A decision was made at board level to suspend him. It was discussed with the line ministries and the go-ahead for his suspension was given,” the source indicated.
In June, public enterprises minister Leon Jooste would not divulge information regarding Uugwanga's suspension.
It was suggested at the time that the suspension was related to the performance of the company and its inability to sustain itself despite managing more than 11 green schemes around the country.
Uugwanga committed suicide near Otjomuise last week.
Family members who spoke to Namibian Sun say he did display suicidal signs prior to taking his life.
“He would drive out of the house and be found alone deep in thoughts, with a gun by his side. The signs were there but no one thought he could actually take his own life,” a family source said.
The police reported that Uugwanga shot himself with a shotgun. His body was found along Matshishi Road in the Otjomuise area.
Senior officials at Agribusdev said Uugwanga endured frosty relations with his principals at the state-owned company, including senior figures in the ministry of agriculture.
Uugwanga, who had been with Agribusdev since 2013, was suspended for three months to allow for smooth investigations at the embattled state-owned agency. He was 47 at the time of his death.