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Walvis Bay traffic officer charged with corruption

Walvis Bay traffic officer charged with corruption

Staff Reporter

THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) last week arrested Andreas Eichab, an administrative officer of the Walvis Bay Traffic Department on corruption charges.

It is alleged that Eichab solicited a bribe of N$1 500  from a member of the public in connection with a motor vehicle accident in which he was involved with another vehicle on 24 September 2019.

He was subsequently charged on 30 September 2019.

CORRUPT: Andreas Eichab, an administrative officer of the Walvis Bay Traffic Department. Photo: Contributed

ACC spokesperson, Josefina Nghituwamata explained that Eichab asked a member of the public to pay him money to avoid disqualification of his licence disc.

“The licence disc was removed from his vehicle by the traffic officer who attended the accident scene. The two then agreed to an amount of N$1 500. By law, if the vehicle is fixed within 14 days, the licence disk can be released by paying an amount of N$ 30,” Nghituwmamata stated.

She added that following the reports to the Commission, a sting operation was organised and Eichab, 42, was arrested after he received the payment.

Eichab appeared in the Walvisbay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 1 October. He is out on bail of N$5 000 and his case has been postponed to 4 November 2019 for further investigation.

He was charged with contravening section 33 (a) and (b) of the Anti-Corruption Act, Act No 8 of 2003, which is a offence of corruptly soliciting gratification.

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