24 Jun 2015 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JUN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) charged 84 members of the force with complicity in crimes that involve dishonesty between 2012 and 2014.
Nampol's Inspector-General, Sebastian Ndeitunga, revealed this on Wednesday during the National Anti-Corruption Conference in Windhoek.
Ndeitunga said of the 84 members, 15 are still suspended, while one was discharged after being found guilty.
Altogether, three members whose cases date back to before the period under review were discharged in 2014.
The force is not immune to acts of corruption, he said.
Ndeitunga explained that NamPol has an Internal Investigation Directorate whose primary responsibility is to investigate offences committed by members of the force.
Such offences include cases with an element of dishonesty, which may be tantamount to corruption, he said.
Speaking about corruption, the Nampol Inspector-General explained this involves officials abusing their powers in their day-to-day interaction with citizens to obtain money and other kinds of gratification in exchange for not reporting illegal activities, or to have shortcuts in the administration of public business.
These practices may also take the form of extortion, where public office-bearers threaten to fine or arrest citizens under false pretences in order to get bribes, he said.
Ndeitunga indicated that corruption is one of the most complex forms of criminal activity and said its effects are felt by people everywhere.
He said his force will continue to fight corruption at all levels by providing the necessary support to the Anti-Corruption Commission to enable it to perform its functions effectively.
Ndeitunga then reminded all Namibians that the responsibility of fighting corruption is not that of the law enforcement agencies alone, but is a joint responsibility.
Let us join efforts and share information to prevent, detect and combat corruption, he stressed.
The conference, which is taking place under the theme Building an honest Namibia together: People, Integrity and Action, ends on Wednesday.