Report on corrupt police not true: Kanguatjivi

21 Dec 2016 08:31am
WINDHOEK, 18 DEC (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has disputed a report that states the law enforcement agency is more corrupt than politicians and other State agencies.
Speaking at the weekly police crime report here on Sunday, Head of the Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi said the survey is not based on facts.
Kanguatjivi questioned the size of the population surveyed and how the samples were selected, saying these were basic factors that need be examined before a survey is conducted.
He said the size of the sample selected was 1 200 households, with no sampling interval given.
“The total number of people interviewed was 1 855 and obviously this number does not represent the view of the whole country.”
The 2016 National Corrupt Perception Survey done by the Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business at the National University of Science and Technology enquired the public on the perception of corruption in public offices.
The survey, presented on 09 December 2016 by graduate school Director Grafton Whyte, noted that 62 per cent respondents said they still report corruption to the police, despite perceiving them as the most corrupt, while 33 per cent said they report such cases to the Anti-Corruption Commission.
According to the survey presented during the observation of International Anti-Corruption Day, most Namibians believe the safety and security ministry is the most corrupt, followed by the health ministry, finance ministry, Tender Board and the inland revenue department. The sports ministry is viewed as the least corrupt.
Kanguatjivi expressed disappointment as the survey was done and published without any reference to NamPol regarding this perception.
“How can 62 per cent of the respondents perceive the police as corrupt and then the same 62 per cent still come to the police to report corruption cases? How does this make sense?”
Kanguatjivi said NamPol has about 17 000 members and only 47 cases of corruption within the force were reported between April 2015 to December 2016.
“This represents about 0.027 per cent, so I ask again; are the police really corrupt?”
Attempts to obtain comment from Whyte proved futile as he is out of the country.