ACC concerned about corruption at NaTIS at the coast

28 Apr 2016 18:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 28 APR (NAMPA) - The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is concerned about corrupt practices at the Namibian Traffic Information System (Natis) centres in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
Chief Investigating Officer for the ACC in Erongo Region, Walter Kurz held a media briefing at his office on Thursday, where he informed the media and regional governor of what the ACC is aware of and doing about it.
Kurz said it is worrisome that so many people try to bribe officials at NaTIS in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund to avoid traffic fines and obtain driver's licences illegally.
As such, he said, the public watchdog is keeping a close eye on these two centres.
He pointed out one case in which a driver was pulled over by a traffic officer in Walvis Bay after witnessing that she cannot drive properly.
The suspect arrested on 28 December 2015 was identified as 36-year-old Julia Lilonga.
“Lilonga was taken to NaTIS for a driving re-test but tried to bribe the official to get her licence back. She was arrested along with a middleman, the 26-year-old Angelus Konga. We are also about to arrest the NaTIS official who was allegedly involved.”
The two suspects are out on bail and are expected to return to court on 06 September 2016.
He said the Erongo Region appears to have gained confidence in reporting corruption as the number of cases reported to his office increased from three in 2015 to seven so far this year.
“This increase is attributed to anti-corruption awareness campaigns and education workshops and seminars conducted by our anti-corruption education team here.”
In 2014 eight cases were recorded to the Erongo ACC, while four cases were reported in 2013 and five in 2012.
On his part, regional governor Cleophas Mutjavikua repeated his call for the ACC to arrest more high ranking officials in Government.
“At the lower level you are doing good but what about the ‘big fish'? We need to hear about more cases involving such people,” said Mutjavikua.
He said corruption is a serious challenge in Namibia, followed by urban land scarcity and drought, therefore all Namibians must do their part to stop corruption.
The governor also applauded the ACC in Erongo for teaching children about the effects of corruption, how to fight it and spread the message to other learners in the region.
“If we can change the behaviour of our children towards fighting corruption while young, then we can achieve a corruption-free nation.”