Minister’s house to go under hammer

A house in Hochland Park in Windhoek belonging to the minister of higher education, technology and innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, is set to go under the hammer on 30 January.

According to court documents, the minister defaulted on a N$3,4-million Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) loan.

A legal notice to this effect was published in The Namibian on Friday.

The loan was extended to the minister’s Namibia Impact College CC in 2011.

The college was named as the first respondent in the case, with Kandjii-Murangi and Benii Murangi as second and third defendants.

The loan amounted to N2,9 million initially, and was to be used to buy a vehicle and furniture, and for working capital at an interest rate of 2%.

Court documents state that the same property was put under the hammer in 2019.

The Namibian last year reported that the DBN approved Namibia Impact College’s application for the restructuring of the terms of the loan in August 2015, after Kandjii-Murangi failed to honour the terms of the loan.

This involved that the interest on the loan had to be paid in equal monthly instalments of N$18 000, and that capital and interest were to be paid in instalments of N$1 666 per month.

The college breached these arrangements by failing to make these payments.

An amount of N$3,4 million is outstanding.

Affirmative Repositioning movement leader Job Amupanda, who has been a detractor of Kandjii-Murangi, took to social media last week, saying the minister’s protection seems to have expired.

“The DBN is indeed brave,” he said.

Kandjii-Murangi has also been involved in a subsistence and travel (S&T) allowance scandal in which she was accused of claiming N$1,5 million from different institutes of higher learning.

The allowances were advanced to her by the Namibia University of Science and Technology, the University of Namibia, the Namibia Training Authority, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

The minister released a statement saying there was nothing untoward about receiving S&T allowances from various state institutions under her ministry.

“When organising events or attending activities within our functional scope, the public institutions, as well as the ministry approach each to assist in covering costs related to these activities or events.

“There is nothing peculiar to this process,” the statement reads.

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