Arrested Air Namibia employees granted N$50 000 bail each
WINDHOEK, 11 OCT (NAMPA) - Two Air Namibia employees implicated in a failed attempt to steal over N.dollars 1 million from the airline, were on Wednesday each granted bail of N.dollars 50 000.
Penna Munyunda, 31, and Tangi Amon Namwandi, 33, appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Vanessa Stanley.
Munyunda was arrested on 04 October 2017 and Namwandi on 09 October 2017.
Bail was granted in the presence of their respective privately-instructed defence lawyers, Christian Nambahu and Sisa Namandje.
Strict bail conditions are attached and include that they report themselves on Mondays between 07h00 and 19h00 to police investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Kazondana at the Namibian Police Force’s Commercial Branch in Ausspannplatz.
The two were also each ordered to hand in all their travel documents to the investigating officer. They are not allowed to apply for new travel documents, pending the finalisation of their fraud and theft case.
Furthermore, the duo is ordered not to leave the district of Windhoek without informing Kazondana.
Their case was remanded until 08 February 2018 for further police investigations.
In his submissions in respect of the bail amount, Nambahu wanted his client, Munyunda, to be granted bail of N.dollars 10 000 while Namandje suggested N.dollars 5 000 bail for Namwandi.
However, Public Prosecutor Rowan van Wyk strongly objected to the defence lawyers’ bail reduction requests, arguing that the amount of N.dollars 50 000 bail was a reasonable amount in the sense that a potential amount of N.dollars 1.4 million is involved in this case.
According to the prosecution, N.dollars 190 000 is unaccounted for at the moment.
When Nampa left the court building along Lüderitz Street at about 11h00, the two men’s relatives and lawyers were seen making arrangements for the payment of bail.
Munyunda and Namwandi were arrested after Standard Bank Namibia alerted the airline that a staff member in its finance department had requested for money set aside as payment to the Namibia Airports Company, be paid into a different bank account.
After the alert by the bank, Air Namibia’s internal audit department confiscated computers in the finance department for investigations and this led to Munyunda and Namwandi’s arrests.