Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Paulus Tshilunga's Mysterious Death

       Late Paulus Tshilunga (56) Veteran of Namibian Central Intelligence Service (NCIS)
The police are investigating the death of a top intelligence official, whose body was found with a single shotgun wound to the head. Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi confirmed that an inquest docket was opened following the discovery of the body of Paulus Tshilunga (56) early yesterday. Tshilunga's body was found in his Toyota Land Cruiser about 2km from the Daan Viljoen police road traffic checkpoint. The Namibian Police Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga confirmed to the media today that he was briefed that one top official has committed suicide last night. Ndeitunga said it's rare for an intelligence officer to commit suicide, the police are investigating and not yet satisfied with the explanation.

The dead body discovered when: "A police officer who lives in the same area observed the abandoned vehicle and upon closer inspection, he found the body of Tshilunga. He had shot himself with his own licensed firearm," Shikwambi said. The Namibian Central Intelligence Service (NCIS) boss, Phillemon Malima, yesterday refused to comment on Tshilunga's death. The local media penned that Tshilunga was the subject of an ongoing closed-door hearing for the alleged fraud cases involving N$17 million. According to media reports he had been released on N$40 000 bails and was to appear in court again on 18 October 2018.

Tshilunga charged with multiple counts of fraud, the corrupt use of his office or position to obtain gratification, and money laundering. The charges are understood to involve the alleged embezzlement millions from fishing quotas and company co-owned by spies from Namibia and Mozambique, which has been granted Namibian fishing quotas since 2003. 

The Namibian reported last month that there were many players in this case. Sources said investigators asked about a certain Russian man who was involved in the buying of the vessel for the fishing company. An intelligence officer allegedly said the Russian had died. However, it turned out that the Russian was not dead, but confined to a wheelchair at Swakopmund. Fisheries minister Bernhard Esau confirmed this that a company owned by the NCIS received fishing quotas from the government. 

Court Bid

NCIS
Windhoek High Court: NCIS Director General Philemon Malima suing The Patriot and its editor, Mathias Haufiku along with human rights lawyer Norman Tjombe in a bid to fight the publication of an article about properties belonging to the NCIS. 

Tshilunga his first appearance took place behind closed doors in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court. The presiding magistrate, Walter Mikiti
, ordered that the official court record of the case, which would normally be a public record, should be kept under wraps and not be made available to the media, this request was made after a public prosecutor asked for such an order on the grounds of "national security"

In an appeal notice signed by deputy government attorney Mathias Kashindi, who was part of the legal team that represented the government and NCIS Director General Philemon Malima in the Windhoek High Court, where argument filled that judge Harald Geier has deviated when he found that the government and Malima were trying to get an interdict that would have prevented the weekly newspaper, The Patriot and its editor, Mathias Haufiku, from publishing alleged corrupting activities occurs in a secretive organization.

The insidious practices in the organization have reached the brim where some members, couldn't keep their mouths sealed, as the result they went to the media. The agency's assets are misused by the people who not connected to the spy agency, but since they are ex-members/relatives of some senior politicians who are well connected, so they have free licences to lease the state properties and make even personal profits. The agency bought several farmsteads across the country that cost the Namibian government about N$57 million and a mansion with N$8 million, but the assets were not used for the right purposes.

More information is withheld that may explain very well about Tshilunga's death, which could be a staged hit from within the organization! Let us wait for the course of justice and the police investigation to conclude the outcome. The alleged suicide of NCIS spy agent could be linked to another inner source (s)/informer(s) that divulged NCIS information to the media like Namibian Patriot in possession. The court document (PDF) that highlighting offshore's properties/assets of the Namibia Central Intelligence Service. The lasted information supporting that the alleged crimes Tshilunga committed it was a couple years back between 2003 and 2011. And then apparently the case was re-opened in 2013 with case no CR 216/10/2013. According to the source. It remains unclear why his arrest took as long as five years now?

It is unlawful for member of public to possess, disclose, circulate or publish any information or activities relates to the national security and the entity involved. As per Namibian Central Intelligence Service Act: Act No. 10, 1997 under the Article 56 of the Namibian Constitution; by law it prohibitted and punishable. 
As a spymaster in Namibia Central Intelligence Service,  Mr Tshilunga was at the central role of agency's affairs and he over sighted several dark projects of the organization include dirty works (Al Qaeda terrorists and their sleeper cell in Namibia), of course, fraud and money laundering is a chronic disease of all spy agents. But, what is more, important is the protection provided by these profile-less people.  Tshilunga was among the few founding members along with Tovarishch Lucas Hangula of the Namibian Central Intelligence Services (NCIS) in 1990 and was at high hierarchy in the spy agency. A man like Tshilunga oftentimes he adorned critical decisions of life and death in order to protect the mother-land and make Namibia safe. Intelligence is a crude works that attract evils and entails many things far than the superficial of briefing the situational awareness to the President each morning. 

Eulogy

Asser Ntinda: Describing Paulus ‘Bishop’ Tshilunga, as an intelligent, professional and kind person.  ''I was really shocked when I learned about his death on Tuesday. I just couldn’t believe it. Throughout our friendship, he never seemed the kind of person who would commit suicide. He has gone through too many difficulties and hardships during the struggle and after independence for him to end his life in that manner,'' said Ntinda. To his friends, Tshilunga was “a very kind person who was always full of smiles, very friendly and easy-going.” “He was very intelligent, brilliant and very professional in his work. He was a very loyal and dedicated combatant of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia, PLAN,” Ntinda asserted. 

''I met Paulus Tshilunga in December 1979 in Lusaka, Zambia and we have been friends ever since then. We were very close friends, so close that he named one of his children after me. I was also one of his best men at his wedding. Hardly a day would pass without us meeting or calling each other. He would drive to my house without even calling me to check whether I was at home or not,” said an emotional Ntinda. He added: ''If he didn’t find me at home, he would then call me and just laugh. Paulus Tshilunga grew up within SWAPO Plan where he inducted in a military wing at Defence Headquarters in Lubango, Angola, until when he returned to Namibia in 1989. According to Ntinda, as a PLAN combatant, Tshilunga never refused to carry out any assignment that Swapo or PLAN entrusted him with. 

John Nauta: Another friend of Tshilunga, the Special Assistant to the Founding President Sam Nujoma, described the late spy boss in short that ''we have been friends since 1993 and we shared many things, from politics, government and social affairs. 



The source(s) spilled the beans earlier this year, in reporting about NCIS luxury properties. It seems there are serious cahoots and infighting within the agency. Some analysts speculated that the resurrection of the crimes which done by Tshilunga in 2003 this could be part of the so-called (reform the central intelligence agency) a move that initiated by the opposition politicians and ''A-team members'' royal to the President Geingob to overhaul the entire secret service's structure. Tshilunga was seen to attain full directorship for the agency, so get lid-off him quickly before time as recently was elevated to the vice position, this is a myth that needs a close scrutiny. Tshilunga will be buried next weekend at his home village at Oshandumbala in the Oshana Region.

Properties

The NCIS needs domestic and overseas properties just like other legitimate intelligence agencies in the world that running residential-commercial properties (lodges, villas, hotel rooms or apartments)  Intelligence agency to obtain good intelligence should own spook's businesses and front cover companies similar to the civilian business, where the agency invest in conduit firm that collects data or providing services to the people (targets). It is not wrong for the intelligence to own fishing company in a disguise in order to monitor and collect the right information about foreign companies involving in illegal fishing or local people selling fishing quotas to the foreigners. 

Safehouses: There are usually two types of safe houses: Defensive and Offensive. A defensive safe house is one that hides agents and keeps them safe from investigation, capture or surveillance. An Offensive safe house, on the other hand, would serve as a place for people to conduct covert operations. Example an apartment next to the neighbourhood of the suspected terrorists and rented by FSB spies could serve as an offensive safe house that grants them to place a close surveillance on the terror networks.


Conclusion

Why Secretive organizations do pacify ex-members?  The suppression of state secret leakage through the reduction of former agents that were having access to the classified information. The weeding out most erratic people who were part of the community is a culture in every intelligence management, this usually done to limit the outflow of knowledge into the public domain. It's not only Russian intelligence FSB that practices this act like the case of Sergei Skripal poisoning but all agencies they do the same.  The practice of containing ''top-secret'' has a long history that deeply rooted in Stalinism doctrine where many people have disappeared/died from mysterious circumstances, after exiting the secretive agency. There is always a second thought that ex-spies are not fit to live in the society, for the fear of security compromising. 

 [ state secrets privilege is a necessity to protecting National Security as such the decision taken to protect national security can override the constitutional or individual liberties in case of state of emergency and martial law ]  There is a scenario where judges or court handling a sensitive case cannot allow access to certain documents in the interest of national security.  

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