Air Namibia employee refused bail

Air Namibia employee refused bail
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The Magistrate's Court in Windhoek on Friday refused to release on bail an employee of Air Namibia implicated in a failed attempt to steal over N$1 million from the national carrier.
Penna Munyunda, 31, was refused bail when he made his first court appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Vanessa Stanley.
Public Prosecutor Rowan Van Wyk objected to the granting of bail due to the seriousness of the case and because the police investigations into the matter were still at an early stage.
Meanwhile Munyunda, through his lawyer Christiaan Nambahu, told the court he will lodge a formal bail application before court next week in order to be granted bail.
His fraud and theft case was, thereafter, remanded until 11 October 2017 to allow his defence lawyer to prepare court papers for the hearing of the intended formal bail application.
Munyunda remains in police custody with no option to post bail.
He was arrested on Thursday after an attempted theft of N$1,1 million was averted at Air Namibia when Standard Bank Namibia alerted the airline that an illegal diversion of money meant as payment to the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) had been requested by a staff member in its finance department.
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's arrest.
The newspaper reports further said that allegations were making the rounds that a whopping N$101 million was unaccounted for at the airline.
It was also alleged that at least two employees in the finance department were involved in the failed heist, but so far only Munyunda was arrested.
Air Namibia's spokesperson, Paulus Nakawa on Thursday said the attempted theft was still being investigated by the airline's external investigators.