By Confidente Reporter
IN what could be termed a surprise turn of events, the Anti-Corruption Commission Director General, Paulus Noa said that his institution stopped an enquiry into how Oshakati Mayor Katrina Shimbulu embezzled over N$20 000 in Subsistence and Travelling allowances (S&T) amongst a host of other fraudulent activities because there was no criminal intent on Shimbulu’s part.
It was reported this week that the Mayor paid back about N$29 000 by Tuesday, four days after Confidente broke the story regarding ACC’s investigation into Shimbulu’s conduct.
The ACC enquiry came after Shimbulu was accused of corrupt activities including the failure to reimburse an advance of N$20 000 to attend a Commonwealth meeting in Gaborone, Botswana which she never attended.
Shimbulu in another incident also failed to reimburse about N$4 000 for attending and Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN) meeting in Tsumeb but could not account how she spent the money.
The Mayor reportedly also bought a N$13 999 cellphone although her cellphone allowance only qualifies her for a N$3 000 mobile. In March, Shimbulu reportedly went on a three-day unapproved private business trip to Walvis Bay using the council’s vehicle and a driver.
However, in an interview with Confidente recently, Noa explained that the incident that was delayed because of a communication break-down between the Mayor and officials in administration. Noa also added that he was convinced Shimbulu did not intentionally delay in paying back the money after Oshakati Town Council CEO Werner Iita recently wrote him a detailed report of what had transpired. was an administrative issue
“Everything has been explained to me. It was an administrative issue that resulted in why the money was not paid back immediately. There was no criminal intent on the Mayor’s part. It was a result of certain misunderstandings between the Mayor and administration. It’s really not that she wanted to steal,” Noa explained.
Speaking about the cellphone, Noa said “It’s not as if she was not entitled to getting a phone because it would require that she pays back the surplus which she did. It was up to administration officers to inform any given person that they owe an institution and need to pay back that money,” Noa said.
In her defence, Shimbulu confirmed paying back N$29 000 and denied pocketing the money knowingly explaining that regular deductions of the money from her council allowance were deliberately delayed.
“I honestly don’t want to talk about this matter anymore. If people want to continue messing with my name, then so be it. I will respond when if I want in due course”.
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