Public officials should account for transparency

01 Jan 2016 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JAN (NAMPA) - Actions taken to ensure that public officials act transparently will extend to the private sector, as corruption is a collaboration between business people and state officials who lack integrity.
This was said by President Hage Geingob in his New Year's message issued by the Office of the President on Thursday.
This is in light of the “Harambee” prosperity programme introduced by the President to enhance transparency, accountability and performance management in the Namibian economy.
The plan requires all Namibians to pull in the same social and economic direction to ensure shared growth.
Geingob said the blacklisting of business people who fail to deliver on their contractual obligations, or who are reasonably suspected of acting against the interest of State resources, is one of the many measures to be taken to ensure transparency under the programme.
He further stated that the declaration of war on poverty requires a parallel war on tribalism, racism, sexism, favouritism and corruption.
The Head of State also highlighted that the new Public Procurement Act which was recently signed into law, will not only ensure the empowerment of Namibians through State institutions, but will also enforce transparency.
“This in turn will expose, reduce and eliminate corrupt or negligent practices. Any tender allocated outside the Procurement Act will be cancelled and those in transgression of the law will be held accountable,” he stated.
One recent example of such action was the termination of the N.dollars 7 billion Hosea Kutako International Airport's upgrade tender as a result of a lack of transparency and conflict in the tender process of the project.
“The need for State institutions to act swiftly and effectively is greater than ever and this requires a renewed emphasis on competent, honest and accountable leadership at these institution,” he said.
The main objective of the Public Procurement Act is to regulate the procurement of goods and services; letting; hiring; acquisition; granting of rights and the disposal of property of public bodies, and will see preference given to locally manufactured products.
The Act contains essential provisions to ensure that the objectives of transparency, value for money, accountability, fair competition and equal treatment of all bidders are achieved.