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CoW investigating 5G corruption

CoW investigating 5G corruption

Marthina Mutanga

ALLEGATIONS of rampant corruption to enable Chinese tech giant, Huawei, to become the sole provider of controversial 5G communication technology within the Namibian and where several Windhoek City Councillors are implicated are being investigated internally.

 

Although the main telecoms providers and government officials in the country issued several official statements to the contrary, many Namibians are convinced that 5G communication technology is the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic in other parts of the world.

 

A few short weeks ago allegations that the 5G technology is being installed without the general population’s knowledge, excessive fear of being infected by COVID-19 by radiation from a communications tower, drove a young woman in Walvis Bay to take her own life.

 

City of Windhoek (CoW) spokesperson Harold Akwenye said the City Council’s actions will be guided by the proof of some of the corruption allegations laid before them or the findings of the police investigation.

 

In the interest to preserve the integrity of the City Council, one of the councillors, who was allegedly offered a bribe by a local authority politician to ensure Chinese tech giant Huawei would win an exclusive contract to build the 5G telecommunication network in Windhoek, approached the Namibian police to make a sworn statement about the corruption.

 

Brunhilde Cornelius made the allegations in an affidavit that was filed with police on June 19.

 

Cornelius, who is also the secretary-general of the opposition Rally for Democracy and Progress Party (RDP), alleged the bribe was offered by Nicanor Ndjoze, a fellow RDP member who is the party’s director of elections.

 

Ndjoze was allegedly working on behalf of his nephew, Reckliff Kandjiriomuini, known as “Minge”, the head of the ICT division of the COW.

 

The allegations come only months after Namibia was rocked by the Fishrot corruption scandal. The revelations saw the arrest of two government ministers and several other prominent business figures.

 

In her affidavit, Cornelius claims that Ndjoze referred to a N$40 million slush fund available for potential beneficiaries of the deal that would give Huawei exclusive rights to develop the infrastructure for a 5G telecommunication network.

 

Following her opposition earlier this year to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the COW city council and Huawei, Cornelius claims she was offered between N$5 and N$6 million to drop her objections and allow the city council to approve the signing of the MoU.

 

According to Cornelius, Ndjoze told her on May 12 she could receive the payment in exchange for dropping her opposition to signing the MoU with Huawei. Ndjoze allegedly told Cornelius the deal with Huawei was spearheaded by his nephew.

 

Kandjiriomuini allegedly enlisted Ndjoze’s help, knowing that he was a member of the same political party as Cornelius, to persuade her to accept the bribe and allow the MOU to be signed, according to Cornelius’s affidavit.

 

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