30 November 2012

Namibia: Tender Fraud Hearing Postponed

Windhoek — Bobby Kauaria and Charles Naruseb will have to wait until September next year for their case to resume in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court, after their case was postponed yesterday by Magistrate Stanley Mwilima.

Kauaria and Naruseb who is the sole owner of Joint BEE Investments are accused of contravening the Anti-Corruption Act. It is alleged that Kauaria at the behest of Naruseb tampered with tender documents in a N$2 million tender to supply wheelchairs to the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

Kauaria was employed as a clerk at the Tender Board of Namibia when the alleged tampering took place and hastily resigned when it came to light. Both suspects are out on bail of N$4 000 each.

Kauaria made a run for it after he caught wind of the ACC investigation of the matter, but later handed himself over to the ACC and was questioned by ACC investigators before he was charged in July this year.

It is alleged that Kauaria was caught red-handed on a CCTV, while removing compulsory documents from some of the tender submissions with the intent to disadvantage the tender applicants. The matter has been set down for September 3 and 4 next year for plea and trial.

Liza Kaune represented Kauaria, while Naruseb engaged the services of Boris Isaacks.

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