Investigation Against Lawyer Incomplete

The investigation of the case in which a local lawyer and a police sergeant from the Serious Crime Unit are facing corruption charges for allegedly conniving to have a docket disappear is still incomplete.

The matter was remanded to February 26, 2015 when lawyer Vetu Uanivi, 30, and Sergeant Joao Alfonso, 52, made their second appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Friday. Prosecutor Henry Muhongo informed Magistrate Helvi Shilemba that the investigation still needed to be rounded off.

They are facing corruption charges for allegedly conniving to have a docket disappear. The docket concerns Chadian-born Adoum Yakhoub, who is charged with housebreaking with intent to steal and theft.

The two face three charges – corruptly receiving gratification from an agent, using an office or position for gratification and conspiracy to commit an offence. They were nabbed in August by Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) officers.

Sources confided in New Era in August that the two were nabbed by ACC agents in a sting.

The ACC agents showed up at Uanivi’s office, Uanivi Law Chambers in Windhoek West and claimed that a client came to make payment, and part of the payment allegedly had to go to the investigating officer, supposedly Alfonso.

The ACC agents allegedly used “marked money” (photocopied money).

The money was allegedly discovered at the lawyer’s office when they were arrested.

“They are suspecting Uanivi, Alfonso and a prosecutor of conniving to make the docket disappear,” sources said.

Uanivi is represented by Christian Nambahu from Nambahu Attorneys law firm, his former partner at the defunct Nambahu amp Uanivi Attorneys law firm.

They are free on bail of N$25 000 each which they were granted when they made a first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in August. They were granted bail with one condition, that they should not contact state witnesses, notably Yakhoub.

After their arrest, New Era learned from sources at the court that a prosecutor at the court had also been implicated, and “was sad about the incident”, sources said.

Source : New Era