KONGO Mokaxwa, the assistant of the former financial manager at the Swapo Party transport company told the court that a cheque to the Chinese businessman he is currently arraigned with in the amount of N$10 550 was signed off for no apparent reason.
Mokaxwa is charged alongside former Public Service Commission member Teckla Lameck and Yang Fan. They are charged in connection with a transaction of US$55.3 million (approximately N$ 839.7 million) through the finance ministry in the purchase of X-ray scanning equipment from a Chinese-owned company, Nuctech.
Nuctech is represented by Fan.
The money was allegedly inflated to allow Nuctech to pay a commission of US$12.8 million (approximately N$168 million) to a company co-owned by Lameck and Mokaxwa, Teko Trading, when it was not involved in the transaction.
Zenobia Mbinga, who was also employed as a receptionist, was testifying in the high court as a state witness. She had been employed at the Namib Contract Haulage from 2004 to 2008. Whilst there, she said Mokaxwa on one occasion travelled to China with Lameck in her capacity as Director to acquire fleet vehicles.
The fleet consisted of 8 trucks and 12 buses.
It is the state’s case that the two defrauded Namib Contract Haulage by inflating the prices. The two allegedly acquired 4 trucks for themselves at the price of US$36 000 each (approximately N$504 000).