ACC arrests NAFAU coastal representative

SWAKOPMUND; The Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau), Branch Organiser at Swakopmund, Moses Veiko, 31, was arrested by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) last week Thursday.

Detective Chief Inspector Erastus Iikuyu of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Walvis Bay, confirmed the arrest to Nampa on Tuesday.

He is charged with contravening Section 43 (1), Act Number 8 of 2003 of the Anti-Corruption Act, which deals with the corrupt use of office or position for personal gratification.

Veiko allegedly corruptly used his office and position to cash in on a salary increment negotiation between Nafau and the employees of Schweizerhaus Café Anton in Swakopmund.

The employees, represented by Veiko on behalf of Nafau, apparently asked for 8.5 per cent increment on their salary, but management was only willing to give eight per cent increment.

The accused allegedly approached the representative of Schweizerhaus Café Anton, asking her to convince management to pay him about N.dollars 5 000 on a promise that he will in return convince the workers to accept the eight percent increment proposal.

After agreeing to receive the money at a certain place in the Mondesa residential area of Swakopmund, a whistle blower informed the ACC about the pending deal.

The ACC officers then set up a trap and Veiko was arrested while receiving the bribe.

He appeared in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court the same day where he was granted bail of N.dollars 5 000.

Approached for comment on Monday, Nafau Deputy Secretary, Wilma Angula, also confirmed the arrest. She said Veiko is however not yet relived off his duties with the trade union.

‘In such a case, the union cannot allow an employee to continue working. He will be suspended soon to allow for a smooth investigation into the allegations,’ said Angula.

She said internal investigations are currently under way, after which the relevant union policies will be followed to take actions against Veiko.

Angula added that the pending reports of corruption against Veiko do not reflect well on the image of the union.

The matter was postponed to 11 February 2015 for further police investigations and to allow the accused person to secure legal representation.