Owners of the Hochland Tractor Centre (HCT) in Windhoek suspect that some war veterans stole one of their tractors last week.
The Ministry of Veterans Affairs struck a deal with HTC to supply tractors and discs, mahangu threshers and hammer millers to 72 projects run by war veterans.
The tractor, valued at N$206 000, was taken from the Hochlands Service Station and found dumped at a house in Khomasdal.
Now HCT sales manager, Johnny van Zyl says there could be no other thieves except members of the war veterans; 52 of whom bought tractors from them through the N$13m Government grant.
Although van Zyl says the police are investigating the war veterans whose names are on the list of the 52, V-Metro could not verify this.
He says when the tractor was found, it had no battery and the owner of the house where it had been dumped demanded N$10 000 before he allowed them to take it away.
Van Zyl adds that they suspect the war veterans because each of them was provided with a master key to act as a spare key when they bought tractors from the centre.
“They must be the same people who came back to steal these tractors or someone they sent, because the master key can start any of the tractors,” he says.
The daring thieves could have pushed the tractor to the back of Woemannbrock before driving it away alhtough van Zyl thinks otherwise.
“There is no way they could have pushed the tractor for long without anyone seeing them. It must be someone who has a master key and knows the environment here,” he says.
Van Zyl laments that ‘there are goods that keep on getting lost from the premises, unaccounted for, since we rely on security guards who sleep on their jobs’.
Cameras were only installed last week.