Tnamib Executive Arrested for Dagga Possession

SENIOR TransNamib executive Gokulan Thambapilai was arrested over the weekend for allegedly being in possession of eight grams of cannabis (dagga).

Sources said Thambapilai, who is the head of TransNamib’s legal department, was arrested on Friday night at a restaurant in Windhoek, when two senior police officers from the drug enforcement unit came looking for him at the restaurant.

The Namibian understands that the two officers searched him and found a sachet of cannabis in his pocket. The eight grams of cannabis, also known as a ‘stop’, are estimated to have a street value of between N$5 and N$28.

Thambapilai was released on bail on Saturday. Efforts to get a hold of him proved futile yesterday.

His lawyer Vetu Uanivi yesterday refused to comment or provide details on the case. The Namibian could also not confirm details with the police at the time of going to press.

TransNamib sources said that Thambapilai’s arrest comes on the eve of him appearing before an internal disciplinary hearing where the parastatal was planning to charge him for alleged absenteeism. Sources added that he was also facing disciplinary charges which came to a halt when chief executive Saara Naanda was suspended last year.

Acting CEO Hippy Tjivikua allegedly recently decided to charge Thambapilai.

Tjivikua confirmed the disciplinary case but said he could not provide details since the matter is an internal one. He also confirmed hearing about the arrest over dagga.

Source : The Namibian