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Fake mines ministry officials scamming people

by Kelvin Chiringa

Criminals impersonating as officials from the ministry of mines and energy are circulating information on social media requesting for quotations for the supply and delivery of security CCTV cameras, (Earthcam GPX-850HD) in an attempt to swindle unsuspecting people, the ministry’s permanent secretary, Simeon Negumbo, has warned.

“This request further instructs that the supply and delivery of these cameras be (made) to the ministry of mines and energy geophysical station in Tsumeb. The enquiry requesting this information is a Joe Simon, cell 0818800767 using the email address,” said Negumbo.

He said another enquiry person used in previous requests is a certain Owen Nwanko with cell number 081 840 597 with a fax number 0886557824 and email address

When The Villager tried to track down the culprits on their mobile phones, one was not available while another was no longer existing on the MTC mobile network.

Said Negumbo, “The ministry of mines and energy would like to warn the members of the public that such procurement requests are fictitious and should not be pursued. The ministry would like to distance itself from these procurement requests. All our procurement services are conducted officially at the ministry’s head office in Windhoek through the procurement management unit.”

He also stressed that the names Joe Simon and Owen Nwanko are unknown to the ministry and their cell numbers, email accounts and ministerial date stamp used are not those of the ministry.

“The ministry would like to thank members who reported this matter to our office. In addition, we would like to advise the public not to become victims of such swindles. Members of the public that have information pertaining to the origin of this scam are kindly requested to contact the ministry of mines and energy head office at: 061-2848111 or email:,” he said.