16 February 2012

Namibia: Khorixas Residents to March Against Corruption

Khorixas residents will take to the streets today to demand the axing of town council employees implicated in the disappearance of about N$400 000 at the council.

The town's chief executive officer, Nicodemus Gaeseb, housing department head Daniel Geiseb, Eben Xoagub, Swapo councillor Jeremias Kheimseb, Sipho Ganeb, a local preacher, Barry Goamub and Xoagub's wife were arrested in October last year by the Anti-Corruption Commission in connection with a fictitious construction tender.

The demonstrators will also call on local councillors, of the United Democratic Front and Swapo alike, to resign because they are allegedly condoning corrupt practices by council officials.

Sakarias Dawids, who is organising the demonstration, says the mayor, Andries !Aebeb has the power to suspend corrupt officials but has failed to do so.

New allegations of financial irregularities have been made against the council.

Xoagub, who is an accused in the N$400 000 fraud, and who heads the finance department, has confirmed that there are "irregularities" but would not reveal the amount involved.

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