Friday 18 June 2021
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COW: Kahimise first, City Police culprits later

City of Windhoek Council is yet to decide the fate of more culprits found to be in the wrong in City Police fiasco that saw its chief serving his suspension notice because of allegations levelled against him of money mismanagement and flouting protocol.
According to a forensic report on the City Police authored by PriceWaterhouseCoopers for the then CoW Chief Executive Officer Robert Kahimise, there are a number of other individuals other than suspended City Police chief Abraham Kanime implicated in the disarray involving the mismanagement of money and the negligence of his duty.
“It is the onus of Council to decide whether to charge or not. We will not at this point in time know what will happen to the others because the City is dealing with the Kahimise case and then the rest will be taken up later by council” said Harold Akwenye, Corporate Communications Manager at the City council.
The City finds itself between a rock and hard place as the one person duly authorized to deal with the audit details is also on suspension for allegedly awarding a study loan to himself without the necessary approvals.
This means that the audit findings will have to be put on ice while the City puts its own house in order. Amongst the many implicated in the mess that has seen Kanime temporarily out of the chieftaincy seat, is City Police Superintendent Gerry Shikesho, Senior Superintendent Pahukeni Titus (legal advisor), Superintendent Reiter Nambinga (finance), Sergeant Thomas Numwe (finance) and close proxies.
Shikesho, who has now become the poster cop of City Police with Kanime out of office, is tipped to face disciplinary actions for his inability to ensure compliance by his subordinates to the financial policy.
Specific disciplinary misdemeanors include not resolving cash shortages or surpluses and also not reporting the unresolved deficiencies to the Management Committee.
The audit report highlighted that there is a lack of review of the daily cash up reports and inadequate segregation of duties between the individual that records the payment transactions performs the cash up, completing the deposit slips and handing over the money to NPS.
Due to the lack of review and segregation of duties the risk of non-detection of fraudulent activities is in this case increased.
Consequently, there is no management oversight over the handling of cash at the City Police thus Sergeant Numwe and Superintendent Nambinga as required in the Finance Policy do not resolve discrepancies noted in the cash ups.
This resulted in a potential financial loss of N$91,279.
For the period reviewed, there are unexplained differences between the cash recorded on TCS and the cash deposited into the City of Windhoek FNB bank account amounting to N$91,279 which represents a potential financial loss to the City of Windhoek.
The same Titus is found to have failed to comply with the roles and responsibilities as stipulated in his job description, by not maintaining adequate records on legal matters.
He is also at fault for instructing Superintendent Nambinga to process payments to legal practitioners who were appointed without the approval of the CEO or his delegate, thus resulting in unauthorised payments. For this, PwC recommended disciplinary actions be initiated against him.
Nambinga on the other hand is said to have failed to obtain authorisation from Kanime for payment requisitions but indicated on the payment requisition that authorisation was provided by the chief.
The audit also brought to light how informants were paid and no record are held in this regard. In the execution of the municipal police’s duties, it relies on tip-offs from informants through its Undercover Unit.
It is not unusual that informants demand payment for the information. As a result, the City Police has a vote number allocated in its budget for payments of this nature.
Under Numwe’s guard, payments were requested but there is no evidence as to who the payment was being made to or whether the evidence that the payment was received for by the informant. Also cash is requested for informant payments but there is no evidence that the cash was collected by the requesting officer.
The audit found that in five transactions, a total of N$5,000 was paid on informants, however, this transaction cannot be linked to an investigation and payments were made without all the supporting documents attached.
So far, no charges have been laid on either of the flouters, except Kanime, but it’s the CoW’s position that Council will decide how and when the long arm of the law will catch up with the culprits.

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