Namibia National Students’ Organisation (NANSO) Khomas regional secretary, Epaphras Shejavali Ngolo has written to the Anti-Corruption Commission requesting the Commission to probe the organisation’s top leadership.
Shejavali Ngolo’s request comes after Higher Education Minister; Itah Kandjii-Murangi told the National Assembly recently that NANSO had failed to account for N$1.2 million it received over the last three financial years.
According to the minister, NANSO was allocated N$422 000 in 2016, N$337 000 in 2017 and N$422 000 this year.
In his letter to the ACC, Shejavali Ngolo wants Herman Rutz who was the organization’s secretary of finance in 2015, the organisation’s president Ester Simon who servered as secretary of gender, former secretary of basic education ,Emma Teofilus, current secretary general of NANSO ,Simon Taapopi and current secretary of finance Lebbeus Hashikutuva investigated.
“We are writing as concerned members to ask the ACC to request for the organization audited financial report since 2015 to 2018 to be provided and made public or else the account be frozen and those involved be suspended to allow independent and smooth investigation to account for those public funds.
“The organization whole assets and business links also be declared and made public because some of the signatories to the finances of NANSO are alleged to have transferred the organization properties and shares into their family names,” he wrote.
He further accused Kandjii-Murangi of “secretly” giving government vehicles (a white bus and Nissan sedan) and a petrol card to individual NANSO leaders to tour around the country with their families and a private driver ostensibly to protect the minister from student pressure and unrest.
“The petrol card is seen being used to fuel convey of cars for personal use and car rising. We are requesting ACC to investigate the transaction of that said petrol card and trip authorities of the vehicles approved by the permanent secretary or minister.”
He also accused Rutz of illegally transferring the organization’s shares in companies into his name, without giving details.
“We are writing to ACC to investigate and arrest any person found guilty of wrong doing regarding public funds and public properties,” he added.
When contacted for comment, Rutz said since he had not seen the content of the letter, he reserves his comment in order to allow the rule of law and justice to conclude.
Simon said NANSO will be pleased to work with ACC as it has trust in it as an independent organisation and trust they will put to rest the allegations.
“However, it is very disappointing to have individuals who don’t obey nor respect organisational structures, rules and regulations. Just like any other organisation, NANSO has procedures to be followed, however, the said individual did not exhaust internal structures within the organisation to seek clarity and have their issues and concerns answered,” she said.
Simon added that the letter makes reference to dangerous and unfounded accusations to people who are far and have nothing to do with some of the issues cited in the letter.
She further stated that during her tenure, NANSO received N$422 000 this year, which comes in portions and is only due for accounting after the 28th of February 2019.
“So we can't say its unaccounted, when the period hasn't lapsed, and when the opportunity to report has not been provided as yet.
“It’s also important to note that even though the organisation has not submitted audited financial statements in the period of 2015 – 2017, it has, however, always furnished the Ministry with financial statements that were not audited.
“Since the inception of the Grant/Sponsorship/ Funding by late Dr. Abraham Iyambo, the Organization has been providing financial statements to the Ministry. NANSO does quarterly reporting on the funding that we receive from the Ministry this means we get 50 percent of the allocation and utilize it.”
Meanwhile Kandjii-Murangi said the allegations made against her were false.