By Marianne Nghidengwa
PROSECUTOR-GENERAL Martha Imalwa has ordered the arrest and prosecution of a Grade 10 dropout and his aunt, who allegedly influenced his employment at the Khorixas Town Council as a strategic executive.
Railious Wencher Gowaseb (45) is, according to sources, currently earning a salary of N$40 000 per month, and has been employed at the town council since 2010, while his aunt, Hannelie Eichas Mukuta, is the HR officer at the municipality.
The case has been under investigation since 2015.
Confidente has learnt this week that the local police are apparently dragging their feet, following an instruction by the PG on 30 January that Gowaseb and Mukuta should be arrested on corruption charges.
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 letter she instructs that Mukuta and Gowaseb be arraigned in the Otjiwarongo Regional Court.
Gowaseb told Confidente that he is indeed a Grade 10 dropout, but that he is a holder of Labour Diploma, which he obtained through the Labour Research and Research Institute (LaRRI) in KwaZulu-Natal.
“It is not true; I have a diploma in labour. I 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.
Asked whether his aunt had influenced his shortlisting for the job, Gowaseb refused to comment.
“I also applied (for further studies) at Triumphant College, but the council cancelled those studies. I am not aware of any letter of arraignment. An investigator into the matter approached me last year, and only took a statement. I’ve never heard from him again,” Gowaseb added.
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.
Sources this week questioned the police’s inaction, months after the PG’s instruction.
“I am not at liberty to discuss this matter, but I was instructed to investigate it. My investigations are not complete yet. I am also not aware of an arraignment instruction by the PG,” said investigating officer, Detective-Sergeant Daniel Baisako.
Mukuta said that she is not aware of the PG’s instruction that she and her nephew should be arrested, before quickly pointing out 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 continued.
“It has been seven years and only now do they question this matter. It is a matter of jealousy and people tarnishing our reputations.
“We come from a hardworking family and have managed to change our lives with the little we get. That is why they are jealous of us. As an HR officer, I did administrative work, including the setting up of the long list of candidates.
“I didn’t do the shortlist. It’s a senior position, so the affairs were not handled by my office but by my boss,” she added.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015