KEETMANSHOOP: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started collecting information on alleged unauthorised expenditure and maladministration by top officials at the Karas Regional Council (KRC).
Local media reports in June said the ACC had declined to investigate the corruption allegations made by the council against the officials.
Nampa has, however, learned that an investigation officer was sent to the council in July to conduct investigations.
ACC Director Paulus Noa on Wednesday confirmed that his office has collected information to start investigations and to decide whether any corrupt practices had taken place before charges are laid.
Noa declined to specify which issues were under investigation, but confirmed that an investigation officer, Franco Esterhuizen, was sent to the council to conduct the investigations.
Reliable sources at the council whom Nampa spoke to on condition of anonymity confirmed that Esterhuizen was at the council in July for investigations.
It was reported in June this year that the council had accused Chief Regional Officer Saul Kahuika and Director of Planning Joseph Stephanus of unauthorised spending of close to N.dollars 150 000 on a trip to South Korea earlier this year.
Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi also formed part of the delegation that went on that trip.
Another issue which attracted claims of corruption was the alleged inflation of a tender for an interlocked road at the Aus settlement last year, with claims being made that the tender amount was increased from N.dollars 700 000 to N.dollars 1,2 million without the knowledge of the council.
“At present, the work on the road was finalised by DCD Construction in July 2011, but was supposed to be completed in May the same year. The work is of poor quality, and the people of Aus have complained on numerous occasions,” reads the report in Nampa’s possession, which was prepared by council for submission to the ACC.
In addition, the investigating officer looked into a N.dollars 1,8 million loss suffered by the council following the cancellation of a N.dollars 5,1 million sewerage tender awarded to Hektas Fashion.
The sources indicated that all is not well in the council, as top officials are apparently ‘victimising’ each other. Most decisions at the council these days are apparently also carried out without any proper consultation between the councillors and the management team.
Council chairperson Jan Scholtz on Wednesday also confirmed that the ACC is investigating these issues.