After his trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, a well-known TV commentator and a senior employee in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Sackey Namugongo, was arrested at Windhoek International Airport. He was criminated with fraud-related charges, i.e. production and issuing of fake gambling licenses.
The Director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Paulus Noa, claims that Namugango was suspected in issuing unauthorized gambling licenses and “…it could be that he is not the only one involved”. Noa explained that Namugango had made a few copies of one and the same document and issued licenses under the same number. This was in practice for quite a long time. So, Noa appealed to the people who had received the gambling licenses to help in this case with related information.
The thing is that earlier this year a moratorium on licenses was lifted. No new licenses have been issued since 1996. At that time Cabinet established a Commission of Inquiry investigating the impact of gambling on society and the ease with which gambling licenses were being issued.
As it is claimed, licenses were sold at the price of $100,000 each. So, illegal gambling has received a wide spread, and to say more, only those who wished to run a gambling house needed a license.