KAHENGE - A 37-year-old nurse, who was arrested in Kavango West for allegedly forging doctors’ signatures to register fake disability patients for grants, was granted N$3 000 bail along with an accomplice who has been successfully registered and has been benefiting from the disability grant.
Danny Kemba Kouyuni and his accomplice Hausiku Gerson Kankono (48) appeared at the Kahenge periodic court before magistrate Barry Mufana on Friday where public prosecutor Rauna Shihwandu represented the State. Their case was postponed to 12 August 2021 for them to apply for legal aid as well as further police investigations. According to the police, the accused was arrested after a police investigation revealed that he had registered Kankono as a person with disability to get disability grants.
“He has allegedly been forging doctors’ signatures on forms for disability grants and registered people with no disabilities in order to receive the disability grants from the ministry of gender equality and child welfare,” said Kavango West Commissioner Josephat Abel.
According to the police, this activity has been going on between the period from January 2020 to April 2021 at Nankudu district hospital and the nurse who was granted bail by the court is not the only suspect, more are being investigated and will be brought to book.
“It is alleged that the accused registered a number of individuals who have no physical or mental disabilities in order to receive the disability grants,” said Abel.
Commissioner Abel said due to this corrupt action, many individuals are defrauding government as they are receiving disability grants whilst they have no physical or mental disabilities. -firstname.lastname@example.org
“The nurse allegedly received money and other materials as compensation from the applicants/beneficiaries for his own use,” said Abel. “More suspects who are beneficiaries whilst they have no physical or mental disability will be arrested and charged with fraud, in due course.”