PM urges integrity and zero tolerance for corruption

11 Dec 2015 14:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 11 DEC (NAMPA) - Namibians and visitors are urged to strengthen their integrity and exhibit zero tolerance for corruption.
“Become a trusted partner, bringing about change which will help us overcome our historical and structural legacies and realise our maximum potential. Let us work together in the interest of good business and governance,” Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said at the commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day in Swakopmund on Wednesday.
The day was introduced by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in October 2003 with the aim to raise public awareness of corruption and what people can do to fight it.
It has since been commemorated annually on 09 December worldwide.
This year’s international theme, which was also adopted in Swakopmund, is ‘Break the Corruption Chain’.
The PM said people should not view corruption as a political leadership problem, because the fight is the duty of all private citizens, politicians and public servants.
She said with the public willing to play its role in the fight against corruption and with a committed Government, she is optimistic that the country can make progress in fighting this ill practice.
Also speaking at the same event, Director General of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Paulus Noa urged everyone to fight corruption.
He emphasised that administrative corruption such as conflict of interest, is a challenge and should be addressed by those in charge of institutions, such as regional councils and municipalities.
Noa said all institutions should set up preventative measures to ensure that there is no room for corruption to penetrate a system.
“Political leadership, especially in the regions, need to be more active in fighting corruption such as the misuse of funds. When you allow corruption you will suffer the same consequences; you can be rich or poor, nobody is exempted,” said Noa.
He also discouraged the assistance of foreigners by Namibians in committing corruption.
“If you assist foreigners in corruption, you are worse than the former colonisers of this country. Be patriotic and support the ACC to root out corruption.”
The ACC director also encouraged citizens to ensure there is evidence when tackling corruption cases.
“Courts need evidence beyond reasonable doubt in order to successfully sentence offenders. So let us make sure we have those.”
About 200 people attended the one-day commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day with speeches, sport activities and traditional dances.