By Hileni Nembwaya
FORMER military wing of Swapo People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) senior commander and retired police Commissioner Nghiyalasha Haulyondjaba is crying foul after he was allegedly taken for a ride by a livestock dealer who allegedly defrauded him of money from his veteran’s grant.
Hauylondjaba, a retired police commissioner of the northern regions took part in the liberation of Namibia.
According to the documents in Confidente’s possession, the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs paid a lump sum of N$141 200 into the account of Ndahafa Livestock CC on March 13 2014 in order to facilitate the implementation of Haulyondjaba’s project.
However, the livestock dealer who is only known as Ndahafa did not honour his promise as he failed to deliver the livestock specified on an invoice to the veteran.
A distraught Haulyondjaba told Confidente that Ndahafa agreed to deliver eight cattle to him but he vanished into thin air after the ministry made the payment.
“I have tried all means to contact him (Ndahafa) but he never turns up. When I call him, he throws insults at me or sometimes he hangs up on me.
I really do not know what to do and the ministry seems to be reluctant on the matter. I want my money back because I need to implement my veteran project or else he must be held accountable for what he did,” said Haulyondjaba.
When contacted for comment, Ndahafa refuted the allegations saying that Haulyondjaba is dragging his name in the mud by fabricating stories. “He is lying. He requested me to make him a quotation for the livestock that he needed in order to hand in to the ministry, I did as he said and the ministry asked me to deliver the cattle.
But before I could deliver the cattle, he changed his mind, saying that he is no longer interested and I should give him the money back but I refused and that is when the conflict started,” explained Ndahafa.
He added that the cattle later died of foot and mouth disease, after which he alerted the ministry.
“The cattle were bought at a bad time when the foot and disease was detected in the north. I was hoping the ministry would compensate me after losing all my cattle to the disease.
The situation was beyond my control. Haulyondjaba has failed me after wasting my time making quotations for the project that he later abandoned. I really suffered a huge loss because of him. He was pressuring me every time to give him the money but I refused because it is against the law.
The veterans are not supposed to receive the funds in cash but he wanted to defraud the ministry,” he said. “He even opened a case against me, which he later withdrew.
I have agreed to refund the ministry when my cattle recover from the prevailing drought and I want him to stop dirtying my name like he did,” said Ndahafa.
The veteran’s ministry, Permanent Secretary Hopelong Ipinge issued Ndahafa a letter requesting his company to transfer back the money to the ministry’s veteran’s fund before October 15, last year. Edson Haufiku, the ministry’s public relations officer advised Haulyondjaba to contact the nearest veteran’s offices and lay his complaints.
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