By Confidente Reporter
THE Khorixas police have arrested a Grade 10 dropout and his aunt, both senior officials of the local council, over allegations of corruption.
The arrests on Tuesday came nearly four months after Prosecutor-General Martha Imalwa’s instruction to have the duo arraigned before the Otjiwarongo Regional Court, to answer to the charges.
The charges emanate from Human Resources Officer Hannelie Eichas Mukuta’s alleged influence in the appointment of her nephew Railious Wencher Gowaseb, as a strategic executive at the Khorixas Town Council.
Gowaseb has been in the position since 2010, and the case has been under investigation since 2015.
Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said that the duo was expected in court on Wednesday.
Confidente reported earlier this month that Mukuta stands accused of using her position to shortlist her nephew, knowing that he does not meet the requirements for the post of Strategic Executive for Technical Services and Infrastructure.
They are jointly accused of conspiring to commit corruption, while Gowaseb allegedly contravened the Local Authorities Act, which deals with employment contracts entered between municipal employees and councils.
In Imalwa’s January letter, she instructs that Mukuta and Gowaseb be arraigned before the Otjiwarongo Regional Court.
Gowaseb confirmed to Confidente during a recent interview that he is a Grade 10 dropout, but that he is a holder of Labour Diploma, which he ob¬tained through the Labour Re-search and Research Institute (LaRRI) in KwaZulu-Natal.
“I (also) did other courses with LaRRI in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Yes, we are related, but it has got nothing to do with my appointment,” he said of his aunt, at the time.
He, however, refused to comment when asked whether his aunt had influenced his shortlisting for the job.
He also claimed that when he started in the post, he earned N$10 000 per month, and was currently earning a salary of N$28 000.
His aunt Mukuta at the time said that the matter is a political witch-hunt.
“I am not aware of the PG’s instruction, but I know that the matter was under investigation. He is my sister’s son, he is my son and because of that, people think that I manipulated the system,” Mukuta said.
“But there are procedures that were followed. On that shortlist were two other relatives, so this is a political witch-hunt. It is because we don’t represent the Swapo Party that they want to tarnish our image, and eventually remove us from our positions. But we don’t and never did compromise our careers.
“The post was advertised, and he was shortlisted and got the job. If they want to arrest or arraign anyone, then it should be the appointing officers, because I don’t appoint. He got that job in 2010,” Mukuta added.
“It has been seven years and only now do they question this matter. It is a matter of jealousy and people tarnishing our reputations.”
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