By Hileni Nembwaya
THREE Nampost employees are facing charges of fraud, after allegedly stealing N$36 000 from a 67-year-old customer.
Martha Ekaku (28), Toini Hamunyela (33) and Priscilla Amunyela (age unknown) are facing charges of fraud, following their arrest last week for allegedly stealing N$36 000 from Hileni Mwalwa’s Nampost account at Onankali.
Ekaku and Amunyela are stationed at the Onankali Post Office, while Hamunyela works at the parastatal’s Omuthiya branch.
According to Oshikoto police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Edna Nawa, it is alleged that the employees withdrew a total amount of N$36 000 from Mwalwa’s account, between February and March, at the Onankali Post Office.
Nawa said that first the three suspects initially withdrew N$9 000, and then another amount of N$27 000, on a different occasions.
“The complainant went to withdraw N$100 at Onankali, and she realised that her money was missing. She enquired with the Onankali Post Office, but she was referred to Omuthiya, the main branch in the region,” Nawa said.
“When she went there, Hamunyela noticed the old woman (Mwalwa), and she immediately alerted the other two at Onankali. It is believed that Hamunyela deposited N$20 000 into one of the suspects’ Onankali Post Office account, which they later divided amongst themselves.”
The three accused were arrested last Thursday.
They made a brief appearance in the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court on Monday, in front of Magistrate Peter Nangula.
They were released on warnings, to allow for further investigations. The matter was remanded until 20 July for Legal Aid applications. Nampost spokesperson Wilson Shikoto confirmed the arrests. He, however, declined to comment any further on the matter.
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