Suspended Omaruru CEO finally granted bail

WINDHOEK; Suspended Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Omaruru Town Council, Edward Paul Ganaseb, who was arrested in December 2014 for alleged cattle theft and forgery of a transport permit, has now been granted bail.

Ganaseb was granted bail of N.dollars 5000 on Tuesday this week after he successfully brought a formal bail application in the Omaruru Magistrate’s Court.

Officials at the Omaruru Magistrate’s Court, who asked their identities not to be named for professional reasons, officially confirmed the granting of the bail to Ganaseb upon inquiry by Nampa on Thursday afternoon.

According to the court officials, the bail was granted with some bail conditions attached to it.

The officials could also not tell this agency as to whether Ganaseb has already paid his bail or not.

Ganaseb has been in police custody since his arrest on 11 December 2014.

Ganaseb’s next court appearance is set for 15 January this year.

Earlier reports carried out by a local English daily newspaper had it that Ganaseb was arrested in December 2014, after a tampered permit and a carcass he allegedly smuggled from Okombahe to Walvis Bay were traced back to him by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region.

He is accused of stealing a cow valued at N.dollars 6 000 from a farmer in the Okombahe communal area in Erongo region.

The carcass was found in Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay, at the house of the person Ganaseb allegedly sold it to.

The theft is suspected to have taken place last year between August and November but was only reported in December.

Ganaseb faces charges of theft and forgery and or uttering regarding the transport permit.

Police apparently during their patrols found the meat at the house and requested to see the permit that allowed for the transportation of the carcass to Walvis Bay.

It was later detected that the permit was initially issued for the transportation of a sheep, but was it allegedly tampered with by Ganaseb so that it allow him to transport the cow carcass to Walvis Bay.