• August 17th, 2019
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Recordings disputed in Mbok trial


WINDHOEK - Recordings obtained by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of conversations between Daniel David Nghiwilepo, 42, and a former registry clerk at the Ministry of Finance, 39-year-old Veronika Kituna Thomas – who admitted that she stole several cheques meant for the Ministry of Finance and gave it to Nghiwilepo – is being disputed in the corruption trial of Cameroonian-born businessman Antoine ‘Tony’ Mbok, 38, and Nghiwilepo. 

Mbok, his corporation MFinance and Namibian national Nghiwilepo face 10 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering involving N$3.9 million in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Nate Ndauendapo.
The State alleges that between January, 25, 2010 and February, 18, 2010, five cheques destined for the account of the Ministry of Finance were intercepted and deposited into Mbok’s company’s account.

The affected companies and entities in the alleged fraud comprises GS Fainsinger and Associates (N$121 212.42), the Ministry of Health and Social Services / Global Fund (N$228 494.61) Edu-Loan (now Letshego Financial Services Namibia) (N$62 905.13), Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino (N$202 530.08), Afrisam Cement (N$3 329 489.40).
Both pleaded not guilty to the charges at the start of their trial in 2015. 

Thomas pleaded guilty to five counts of corruptly using her office at the Ministry of Finance and her position for self-gratification at the start of the trial before High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka on February 10, 2012 and sentenced to an effective eight years’ imprisonment. She was released last year. Yesterday Thomas informed Judge Ndauendapo that after she became a born-again Christian in 2010, she approached the ACC to help her gather evidence against Nghiwilepo to prove her allegations against him. 

“I wanted to stand for the truth”, she stated.
According to her after Nghiwilepo called her towards the end of March, 2010 and told her to “desist and lie” when the ACC questions her she called Justine Namukwambi at the ACC and asked her to give her something to prove that it was “Daniel” who was behind it all and made her do “this thing”.

She said that at the offices of the ACC she was introduced to senior investigator Phelem Masule who told her that they will provide her with a recording device to take with her when she visits Nghiwilepo. 
She was then asked to call Nghiwilepo to ask if she could come to his office. 
At the time Nghiwilepo was employed at Namibia Wildlife Resorts. 
He agreed and she was fitted with the recording device.

At the offices, Thomas said, they had a long conversation and she informed him that she wanted to resign from her position as she was afraid the scam would come to light and she would be fired thereby losing her pension benefits.
He however told her not to resign and that if she did she will be identified as the one who stole the cheques. 

He further told her that she must keep on denying the allegations, she said, and that he added that he has a ‘non-Oshiwambo speaking partner who is currently in custody, but once he is released he will sort her out’. 
At that stage, Advocate Louis Botes who is representing Nghiwilepo on instructions of Boris Isaacks objected and said that the testimony of the witness if allowed to continue will defeat the purpose of the trial-within-a-trial. 
The court agreed and instructed State Advocate Simba Nduna to refrain the witness from divulging the contents of the conversations she had with Nghiwilepo. 

Thomas then said that she had two further meetings with Nghiwilepo which she had recorded before she was sent to prison.   


Roland Routh
2019-04-17 09:46:00 4 months ago

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    FAKE NEWS!!!! Surprising to see how selective this journalist is with the facts as we all seat in the same courtroom yet what he is reporting is completely off. IN THE ARTICLE MR ROUTH STATES THAT; "A NON OSHIWAMBO SPEAKING PARTNER WHO IS CURRENTLY IN CUSTODY" This account is completely false, a fabrication from this journalist who wants to somehow advance his own crime theory. IF NEW ERA DOES NOT REPORT FACTS YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CREDIBILITY AND INTEGRITY AND BE PLACED IN LINE WITH THE TRASH NEWSPAPERS LIKE INFORMANTE. The only mention in court was of "AN OSHIWAMBO SPEAKING PARTNER" not "A NON OSHIWAMBO". I CHALLENGE THE EDITOR TO FACT CHECK. And as you all know Mr. Mbok is not an Oshiwambo speaking person. If this reporter can not accurately report what is said in court its dangerous as people form their public opinion on facts which in this report are not accurate. This reporter when recapitulating on the story also omits critical facts known about the trial, misleading the public to stick to his own crime theory of Mr. Mbok's alleged involvement. Fact; The convicted Veronica Thomas has repeatedly exonerated Mr. Mbok from any involvement whatsoever in the theft of cheques from the Ministry of Finance and the Recordings in dispute in the trial within a trial clearly show that MR. Mbok was never involved in the conspiracy or the act of theft. In the recordings which are available for the public to examin AND THE EDITOR TO FACT CHECK; both Thomas and Nghihilepo confirm that despite Mr. Mbok's arrest he was not involved nor did he know how the cheques got into his bank account. THE RECORDINGS ARE CLEAR, TELL THE PUBLIC THE TRUTH. Fact; The convicted Veronica Thomas has said again and again that she acted in common cause with accused number 3 and repeated recently that Daniel was behind all this!!!! The state's key witness in this matter has exonerated Mr. Mbok time and again be it with her own guilty plea and her testimony so far in court. Fact; Other than being a director and signatory of Mfinance, there is no evidence that Mr. Mbok committed or conspired to commit a crime. In his plea explanation Mr. Mbok explained what happened that N$4 million ended up in his account and the circumstances. Bias and xenophobia by ACC investigators blinded them as they want to force their own MISGUIDED crime theory on Mr. MBOK, their effort is futile. A person can not be convicted of something they did not do, the culprit in this matter who pleaded guilty clearly stated that Mr. Mbok was not involved nor did he conspire with them. Watch this space as the wheels of justice turn, keep reporting fake news to shock people when an acquital is pronounced. PLEASE REPORT KNOW FACTS, CHECK YOUR FACTS AND STORY. STOP WITH THE HATE AND FAKE NEWS REPORTING.

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