NWR Manager Charged With Fraud

A NAMIBIA Wildlife Resorts manager accused of having relied on non-existent qualifications to get employment with the parastatal made a first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on a charge of fraud yesterday.

With her court appearance before Magistrate Vanessa Stanley, Ester Ndilula (26) was told that her case would be postponed to 22 October for the start of her trial.

Ndilula appeared in court on a summons that was issued three weeks ago, after the Prosecutor General decided that she should be prosecuted on a charge of fraud.

The decision was taken after an investigation carried out by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

In the charge sheet of Ndilula’s case the prosecution is alleging that she committed fraud between September last year and February this year when she applied to be employed in a managerial post with the NWR. It is alleged that she falsely claimed that she had a national diploma in travel and tourism from the Polytechnic of Namibia and that she was enrolled with the Polytechnic to study towards a bachelor’s degree in travel and tourism management.

In fact, she did not have the national diploma and was not enrolled as a bachelor’s degree student with the Polytechnic, the prosecution is charging.

Ndilula was employed early this year in a managerial position in which she was responsible for marketing the national tourism company’s facilities for meetings and conferences as well as tour planning. The Namibian reported in mid-June that she had been suspended from her post following an investigation by the ACC.

Ndilula, who was represented by defence lawyer Sisa Namandje yesterday, has not been arrested and remains free on a warning from the court. Public prosecutor Henry Muhongo represented the State during her court appearance.

Source : The Namibian