Zambian accused of fraud denied bail in Namibia

A-32-year-old Zambian national who appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court last week Friday after he allegedly defrauded his business partner of N$490 433,  (K332 million) from was last week on Friday denied bail.

The acting magistrate at the Rundu Magistrate’s Court, George Matsuib, denied him bail and his case was postponed to June 19 2012 for further police investigations.

Moses Mwangana Mwangelwa is charged with counts of fraud and forgery and a charge of theft under false pretences.

He was previously employed at two local lodges, Sarusungu and Kaisosi respectively, and later at Kavango Mills.
Mwangelwa appeared without legal representation.

The crimes are alleged to have been committed from June 2010 up to February 2012.

In the indictment faced by Mwangelwa, it is alleged that he established a ghost company, SAKMOS, in Zambia and convinced the complainant, Parrera Tulio van der Merwe the owner of Kavango Mills, to become a shareholder.

Since the company is based in Zambia, he used the company to get money from Van der Merwe who is based in Rundu.

According to the charge sheet, the complainant twice paid for consignments ordered from South Africa.
The consignments include maize and rice that were delivered to SAKMOS in Zambia.

Although the duo agreed to share the profits from the dealings, Mwangelwa failed to give Van der Merwe his share on two occasions.

Earlier this year he approached Van der Merwe for more funds to purchase goods.
Van der Merwe became suspicious of Mwangelwa’s dealings and requested him to collect the money in person, and upon his arrival Mwangelwa was arrested after the complainant alerted the police.

According to Van der Merwe, he gave Mwangelwa a bakkie to take care of the company’s operations in Zambia but when Mwangelwa came to collect the money he only came with the vehicle’s keys and had left the bakkie in Zambia.

Investigating officer, Detective Warrant-Officer Hendrik Mukubesa Mulele said he would in the coming days travel to Zambia to establish whether the company does indeed exist and attempt to recover the vehicle.

New ERA of Namibia

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