Air Namibia employees deny failed theft

Two Air Namibia employees arrested in connection with a failed attempt to steal about N.dollars 1.4 million from the airline between September and October 2017, have on Tuesday denied any involvement in the alleged theft scandal.

The accused - Penna Munyunda, 32; Tangi Amon Namwandi, 34- each denied any involvement in the alleged failed attempt theft of money when they each entered 'not guilty pleas' to a total of seven fraud (7) charges leveled against them by the State.

Accused Munyunda did not provide any statement in respect of the basis of his not guilty pleas and challenged the prosecution team to prove each and every element contained in the charge sheet.

However, accused Namwandi has handed over a statement before court in which he made some admissions by saying that the N.dollars 1.1 million deposited into an account belonging Norma Trading Close Corporation (CC) at the First National Bank of Namibia between 08 and 30 September 2017, actually originated from Air Namibia.

Further more, Namwandi also confirmed before that the Norma Trading Close Corporation had used a total of N.dollars 289 500 of the deposited money on 17 September 2017.

Windhoek Regional Magistrate Sorita Savage is presiding over the trial of the alleged failed attempt theft scandal.

Senior Public Prosecutor Fillemon Nyau is defending the prosecution's case while prominent local defence lawyer Sisa Namandje is appearing for the accused persons.

The two men are each free on bail of N.dollars 50 000 which was granted on 11 October 2017 with strict bail conditions attached, including that they report themselves to police investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Kazondana, at the Namibian Police Force's Commercial Branch in Ausspannplatz on Mondays between 07h00 and 19h00.

They were also ordered to hand in all their travel documents to the investigating officer and are not allowed to apply for new travel documents.

According to the prosecution, N.dollars 190 000 of the N.dollars 1.4 million is reportedly still unaccounted for at the moment.

The duo was arrested in October 2017 after Standard Bank Namibia alerted the airline that a staff member in its finance department asked for money set aside as payment to the Namibia Airports Company, to be paid into a different bank account.

After the alert, Air Namibia's internal audit department confiscated computers in the finance department for investigations and this led to the two accused's arrest.

Trial continues on Wednesday.

Source: Namibia Press Agency