THE Police in Oshakati have issued a warrant of arrest for Kondjashili Ndamanguluka Simon in connection with alleged fraud charges related to the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) fund.
Simon, an NBC Oshiwambo radio service presenter popularly known amongst his listeners across the country by the pseudonym ‘Mapeni Protocol – Omufuuli wokOshimbuba’, allegedly put in false claims at MVA shortly after his cousin’s son died in a car accident outside Otjiwarongo in 2006.
He is said to have teamed up with his sister, Iyaloo Nakakodi, in an attempt to defraud the parastatal.
Nakakodi was arrested on Monday in connection with the charges.
According to well-placed sources at Oshakati, police requested Simon to hand himself over to the Oshakati police station this week as he was believed to be in Karibib when his sister was arrested.
Sources claim that Nakakodi put in claims as her deceased second cousin’s wife.
It is further alleged that Nakakodi made false birth certificates of children she claimed were fathered by her deceased second cousin.
MVA, however, discovered the fraud before a payout was made and lodged a case with the police.
When called to comment on Tuesday, Simon confirmed that the police had informed him of his warrant of arrest.
Simon said he was strung along like a puppet, and the mastermind behind the alleged fraud, a certain Leonard Kambwela who worked at the MVA offices in Oshakati died a few months after putting in the false claim in 2006.
“At the funeral of my cousin’s son, Kambwela, who was a friend of mine, told me I could claim at the MVA on behalf of the family. Because the MVA was still fairly new in Oshakati, and because I didn’t understand the procedures I agreed to let Kambwela handle the claim,” said Simon.
Simon claims that Kambwela informed his family that the MVA fund would only payout if a relative younger than the deceased put in the claim on behalf of the family.
“I then gave him (Kambwela) the copy of my sister’s birth certificate and we agreed that once the payout was made the family would give Kambwela a percentage of the money to buy medicine as he was very sick,” Simon said.
When asked why he didn’t ask why Kambwela asked for a relative younger than his deceased second cousin to put in the claim, Simon said he “thought it was normal procedure at MVA when putting in a motor accident claim”.
“It is very unfortunate that the person responsible for this incident (Kambwela) is dead, while the innocent one (Nakakodi) has been arrested. I’m also innocent, but I promised to hand myself to the police on Wednesday,” said Simon.