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ACC boss testifies in N$ 55.3 m fraud case

ACC boss testifies in N$ 55.3 m fraud case

ACC boss testifies in N$ 55.3 m fraud case
IN THE HOT SEAT: Paulus Noa._Photo: Contributed

Eba Kandovazu

THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director-General, Paulus Noa last week took to the stand in the high court to testify on the legality of summons he issued to witnesses in a fraud case involving former Public Service Commissioner, Tekla Lamek.

This follows Sisa Namandje’s challenge that the summons issued to various state witnesses who worked in the banking sector were not legal. As such, an investigation into Lamek, her co-accused Kongo Mokaxwa and Chinese businessman, Yang Fan’s private banking affairs was launched.

Namandje’s argument is that the witnesses were not informed on what was being investigated before they provided information to ACC investigators.

Noa, however, told Judge Christie Liebenberg that there is no clause in the ACC Act that compels him to specify what crime the ACC is investigating to witnesses. According to him, the witnesses were also not treated as suspects when they were approached.

Officials from MTC, Bank Windhoek, Standard bank and Home Affairs were summoned. Namandje, who represents the three accused, added that the ACC’s move was an intrusion of privacy, with no legal grounds.

The trio is accused of defrauding the finance ministry.

It is alleged that the ministry bought security scanning equipment in the amount of N$53.3 million. The price was inflated to make it possible for the manufacturer, Yang, to pay a commission of N$12.8 million to a company owned by Lamek and Mokaxwa.

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