Agri employee arrested over alleged fraud: ACC

WINDHOEK: An employee of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry was arrested here earlier this week over allegations of fraud and corruption involving more than N.dollars 100 000.

The 29-year-old Joyce Daphne Erna Zussino was arrested on Tuesday this week by the investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), and has already appeared before the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court along Lüderitz Street on Wednesday.

She is facing a total of nine charges of fraud and corruption for allegedly having contravened Section 36 of the Anti-Corruption Act Eight of 2003.

Her alleged fraud case was postponed to 26 March this year, and the docket of her case has already been forwarded to the Office of Prosecutor-General Martha Ekandjo-Imalwa for a decision to be taken on the matter.

ACC Chief Investigator Nelius Becker said in a media statement availed to Nampa here on Thursday morning that Zussino is employed as a private secretary to the Director of Extension and Engineering Services in the ministry’s head office in the capital.

It alleged that Zussino owned a company called Tuahafa-Zussino Creations, which allegedly delivered some services to the agriculture ministry where she works.

It is alleged that she allegedly had a role in obtaining quotations for the said ministry, and her company also submitted quotations while she was privy to the information and pricing of other suppliers.

Furthermore, it was alleged that she did not have the required permission to perform outside remunerative work.

In terms of Section 36 of the Anti-Corruption Act Eightb of 2003, a public officer commits an offence knowingly and corruptly, and otherwise as a member of a registered joint stock company consisting of more than 20 persons, when it acquires or holds, directly or indirectly, a private interest in any contract, agreement or investment emanating from or connected with the public body on or in which he or she serves as a member or as an employee or which is made on account of the public body.

A total of about N.dollars 121 749.50 is said to be involved in the alleged fraud and corruption case, said Becker.

Zussino is now free on bail of N.dollars 20 000.