Some officials build political support by bribing: Iivula-Ithana

03 May 2014 11:00am
LÜDERITZ, 03 MAY (NAMPA) – Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana says some individuals and officials build political support by bribing people.
“Corruption is also corrupting our political life, as some corrupt individuals and officials build political support by bribing people to back their factions which are not based on ideological differences but on who has the biggest treasure chest to dole out favours,” she said during Workers’ Day here on Thursday.
The minister said this will destroy the democratic traditions of the labour movement and lead to paralysis and disunity.
She said corruption is the biggest single threat to democracy, adding that the reported corruption cases since independence indicate that a culture of corruption is becoming embedded in the Namibian society.
Iivula-Ithana said these reported cases of corruption cover only the public sector, and there is abundant evidence that it is as rife in the private sector.
She then commended the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for having tackled a number of corruption cases since its inception in 2006.
The minister noted that the high prevalence of corruption in Namibia points to an appalling tolerance of corruption, “as if stealing people’s money is not really a serious crime”.
“In our view, such people should not even wait to be disciplined but should offer their resignation,” Iivula-Ithana suggested.
The minister further said gender-based violence, especially against women and children, has become a national challenge.
“We had a national prayer day in March this year, but still there is a need to embark upon a serious campaign to stop violence against women and children, to fight patriarchy and to protect the rights and dignity of all, especially the most vulnerable,” she urged.
The minister then appealed to the youth to refrain from alcohol abuse and other temptations which could lead to evil activities.
She also called on Namibian workers not to misplace the priorities of trade unions due to the unprecedented violations of workers’ rights in Namibia.
The Socialist International organisation declared the 1st of May as a day of demonstrations, and since 1890 these have been held annually by labour movements and workers, forcing official recognition of May Day as a public holiday by many countries.