Probe into Kooitjie corruption allegations complicated: ACC

09 Apr 2015 18:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 09 APR (NAMPA) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says investigations into corruption allegations against Topnaar chief Seth Kooitjie are complicated.
The Topnaar community is accusing their chief of embezzling community funds, and as such the ACC launched investigations against him two years ago.
This community branches from the Nama people, and reside along the Kuiseb River some 40 kilometres south of Walvis Bay.
ACC Senior investigations officer in the Erongo Region, Walter Kurz on Thursday said the investigations are complicated by the fact that the allegations date back as far as 15 years ago.
Kurz was speaking at a media conference in Swakopmund held by the ACC.
“We started investigations and realised it is a very complicated case. We have to collect documents on things that took place 15 years ago, and we can only proceed when we have all the relevant proof,” he said when asked by reporters how far the investigations have progressed.
Kurz said it might take five years to investigate.
Speaking at the same event, ACC chief education officer Tobias Amoonga said good progress has been made on fighting corruption in Erongo.
He noted that since January 2014, a total of 75 cases were registered and 20 of the accused were prosecuted.
Amoonga said the media conference was aimed at building a stronger relationship between the public watchdog and the media in fighting corruption.
“We need partners, especially the media and the public, to work with us in order to fight corruption. The media should not only expose corruption, but journalists must also refrain from corrupt practices,” he said.
The conference on Thursday was the first step for the ACC office in Swakopmund in educating the public on what constitutes corruption in a bid to sensitise people to report and stay away from corrupt practices.
More public education workshops will be held across the region throughout the year.