… Says businessman gave her a loan to buy a car
By Eliaser Ndeyanale
OKAHANDJA councillor Helmi Maruru has denied allegations that she was paid a N$100 000 bribe by businessman Petrus Shambo, in exchange for recommending the approval of his land application.
She claimed to Confidente that the allegations are a story “cooked up” by those, who want her and three other councillors to be fired.
Maruru said that the money she got from the businessman has nothing to do with the town council.
It was reported recently that four Okahandja councillors, including Mayor Johannes Hindjou, Maruru and Frederick Shimanda, approached Shambo at his house, while asking him to reveal his plans for the land he had applied for, so they could speak in motivation of his application.
Hindjou also denied receiving any money from Shambo, during a recent interview with Confidente.
Maruru, who said she knows Shambo for many years, said she had asked for the money in her personal capacity, because she wanted to buy a vehicle that costs N$95 000 from Namcars, a prominent Namibian used car dealer.
“I told him between May and June this year that I wanted to buy a car. He gave me a cheque of N$100 000 to purchase the vehicle, but later told me not to use it to make the payment, because he had ongoing transactions on his business accounts.
“After a week or so, he dropped N$50 000 at my house. He then asked me for my account number, so he can pay the remaining amounts into my account. First he made a payment of N$25 000 and the next day he paid N$12 500,” she narrated.
She further said that on 18 July, Shambo came to her house and told her to sign a loan agreement, because his wife was concerned about why he was paying money to Maruru.
A loan agreement, seen by Confidente, was signed on the same day at the Okahandja Police Station, with Shambo‘s wife as witness number one and certain Josephina as the second witness.
The agreement reads as follows, “This loan agreement serves to testify that Helmi Maruru has agreed to borrow a loan of a total amount of N$100 000 from Tate Martine Petrus Shambo, for the purpose of purchasing a vehicle.
“She have so far received an amount of N$50 000 in cash, for the deposit of a vehicle, and N$25 000, as well as N$12 500 has been deposited into the personal bank account of Miss Maruru.
“The outstanding balance N$12 500 will be paid today, on 18 July, into the personal bank account of Miss Maruru. The agreed amount of the N$100 000 will be refunded, immediately if Miss Maruru doesn’t find a vehicle to purchase within the next four months, as agreed between the two parties.”
Maruru said the money she got from Shambo is not a bribe, but a personal loan and it has nothing to do with his land application.
“They are saying I was paid. At the council meeting on 17 July, I told the council that Tate Shambo could not be given four erven, as the council wanted to do. I suggested he be given two erven.”
Contacted for comment, Shambo said he gave the money to Maruru as loan, and not as a commitment fee.
“I am a businessman, and I don’t pay people to get favours. The money I gave to Maruru is not a bribe, and it cannot be used for political gain,” he said.
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