ACC will soon have its own PS
12 Apr 2016 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 12 APR (NAMPA) - Proposed amendments to some sections of the Anti-Corruption Act will soon see, amongst others, the appointment of a Permanent Secretary (PS) for the institution.
The proposed amendments were submitted to Cabinet by Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila over the past few months.
This was made public by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya at a Cabinet briefing on Monday morning.
The Minister explained that Cabinet has in principle approved the proposed amendments to some sections of the Anti-Corruption Act Eight of 2003, so as to extend the composition of the body that will see the immediate appointment of its PS.
These amendments will also be tabled in the National Assembly (NA) for discussion.
A PS is generally appointed to oversee the day-to-day functioning of a State agency and ensure that money is spent to achieve the objective, while advising Cabinet and the PM on various matters.
The Anti-Corruption Commission of Namibia (ACC) is an agency of the executive branch of the Government of Namibia.
It was established under Section Two (2) of the Anti-Corruption Act Eight of 2003, and inaugurated on 01 February 2006 by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
The aim of the commission is to fight against corruption and other related issues in the country.
The Anti-Corruption Act is Namibia's primary anti-corruption law, covering attempted corruption, extortion and bribing a public official.
The ACC, upon its formation and inauguration, appointed former Oshakati Magistrate Paulus Noa as Director and Advocate Elsie van der Merwe as Deputy Director.