Lennon Patrick Bock, a Control Administrative Officer, and Ronald Diergaardt, a Chief Administration Officer at the Ministry of Health and Social Services at Otjiwarongo were arrested on charges of corruption involving an amount of more than N$1, 3 million.
According to an official statement by Namibia’s Anti-Corruption Commission the arrest relates to allegations that during October 2014 the accused persons in the employ of the regional division of the ministry in Otjiwarongo did allegedly wrongfully, unlawfully, directly or indirectly and corruptly use their respective offices or positions in a public body to obtain a gratification for their own benefits or that of another person.
The matter has been under investigation since 2014 during which year the accused persons obtain falsified quotations purported to be from ABR Trading Enterprises and Hexagon Trading CC and submitted it to the Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services together with the quotation from Hat World Trading CC and Haroldt //Geiseb while knowing that Hexagon Trading CC and ABR Trading Enterprises CC did not submit any quotations in respect of renovation work to be carried out at Otjiwarongo State Hospital.
The accused persons also circumvented and flawed the tender processes and procedures and failed to obtain three quotations from possible contractors and allegedly awarded the tender of N$1 371 570, 50 to Hat World Trading CC and Haroldt //Geiseb.
They are further accused of failing to observe or follow procurement process and did not table the renovations project before the Regional Economizing Committee.
The accused persons were arrested on the 14th of February 2019 and brought before the Magistrate’s Court in Otjiwarongo. Both the accused persons were granted bail of N$5000 each and the case was remanded to the 29 March to avail the accused persons the opportunity to obtain legal representation.