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By: Josia Shigwedha

A 41-year-old man Windhoek resident, who fell victim to a dubious housing project says he has been emotionally drained after the owners of the Tuyoleni housing project allegedly failed to build him a home in the north, two years after paying the required deposit.

The victim, one of several, Jonas Bonny, who says he paid N$49 000 wants a refund, stating he could have used the money for something else. Bonny’s demand comes after he opened a case with Namibian Police against the owners of Tuyoleni Housing Project leading to the arrest of 23-year-old man, Alpo Billy Namukwambi, in Windhoek over the weekend.

Another suspect is reportedly also in custody in the north. The duo are accused of defrauding aspiring homeowners to the tune of N$2million and Bonny is demanding his money back after his promised home did not materialise. “Yes, we want houses. I am a big man with a family, I cannot be renting I need my own home.

I would like Tuyoleni Housing Project to pay back my money then I will drop the charges. I am not the only one they defrauded; and when I saw it was difficult communicating with them, I lost trust in them,” stated Bonny. In addition, he has urged members of the public to be vigilant. “I am asking members of the public to be vigilant and the government to get involved in the matter because we are in this situation because of failure to provide housing for the masses,” said Bonny.

The suspect who is in custody in Windhoek, who is also the managing director of the alleged housing scheme , Namukwambi has been denied bail after appearing in the Katutura Magistrate’s court today for theft under false pretence.

The matter has been postponed to 21 August this year.

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