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New Era Newspaper Monday May 14, 2018

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New Era Newspaper Monday May 14,

Monday 14 May 2018 N.00 (incl VAT) Vol. 23 No. 169 newera.com.na Ondonga authority blames government for ‘mutiny’ Page 3 Development Bank outsources anti-fraud reporting to protect whistleblowers Page 9 UNAM too clever for BA Page 24 National Business Sport Awaiting sentence with bated breath • Roland Routh Windhoek - The five people convicted in the marathon Avid/Social Security Commission (SSC) fraud and theft case, which include former deputy minister Paulus Kapia, will on Wednesday hear the exact date when their sentences will be handed down. Nearly four years since the start of their trial concerning a botched N-million investment deal by the Social Security Commission, High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg delivered his judgement in a packed-to-therafters courtroom on Friday. The judge’s pronouncement evoked different emotions, especially for Nico Josea, one of the kingpins in the case, who had to be ushered away by police after his bail was cancelled as he was deemed a flight risk. And for retired army brigadier Mathias Shiweda and Otniel Podewitz, it was the exact opposite emotional spark as they were acquitted on all charges they faced – and walked away as free as birds. AWAITING on page 2 Free man… Mathias Shiweda surrounded by supporters after his acquittal on all charges in the Avid trial. Sharon Blaauw (right) Conviction: Contravening Companies Act; reckless or fraudulent conducting of business Acquitted on: Fraud Ralph Blaauw (right) Conviction: Fraud Acquitted on: Contravening the Companies Act, reckless or fraudulent conducting of business Paulus Kapia Conviction: Fraud Acquitted on: Contravening the Companies Act, reckless or fraudulent conducting of business Inez /Gases Conviction: Fraud Acquitted on: Contravening the Companies Act, reckless or fraudulent conducting of business Nico Josea Conviction: Theft, contravening the Companies Act, reckless or fraudulent conducting of business How Josea became kingpin in Avid theft • Roland Routh Windhoek – High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg on Friday did not mince his words when he found Nico Josea guilty of the theft of N$14.9 million from the Social Security Commission, money that was supposed to have been invested by him through his company Namangol Investments. That money was part of socalled returns on an investment of N million the SSC made through Avid Investment, a little known investment company run by Lazarus Kandara, who killed himself in front of the Windhoek police charge office hours after his arrest on embezzlement charges. Kandara deposited N.5 million into the trust account of Namangol of which Josea was the sole shareholder and he, in turn, paid N million over to Alan JOSEA on page 2 Nujoma’s reconciliation role understated – Geingob • Maria Namupala ETUNDA – President Hage Geingob said on Saturday that Founding President Sam Nujoma’s role in reconciliation between former colonial masters in Southern Africa and those that they had colonised is not fully told. He made the remarks as people from all walks of life gathered Saturday at Etunda village in Okahao, Omusati Region for Nujoma’s 89th birthday celebration. Geingob, who served as prime minister for 12 years during the Nujoma presidency, said although former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe was the first reconciliator, NUJOMA on page 2 Birthday… First Lady Monica Geingos, President Hage Geingob and Founding President Sam Nujoma pictured at Etunda village on Saturday. Photo: Maria Namupala

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