Whistleblowers should approach the ACC: Basson

27 Jun 2017 22:32pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 27 JUN (NAMPA) – //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson has encouraged citizens to be whistleblowers and to feel free to report corrupt practices in the region to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
She said in her State of the Region address delivered in Keetmanshoop on Monday that corruption has resulted in many uncompleted projects in the //Kharas Region.
One such case she mentioned is the N.dollars 20 million Fonteintjie Aquaculture Project upgrade in the southern capital that appears to have been halted due to a lack of funds on the part of the contractor.
Nampa understands the matter is being investigated by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.
This agency previously also reported on construction work stopped at the Namibian Police Force barracks in Aroab and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration’s new offices in Keetmanshoop by contractors who ran out of money.
Basson said companies that tender often take on too much work without having the necessary capital and resources.
“They use money of one project for another and that is how in the end the work is not completed.”
She reminded public servants to strictly comply with the conditions of the disbursements of funds as outlined in Treasury and Public Procurement regulations.
Basson said politicians and public civil servants ought to be accountable and transparent in the delivery of services as laid out in the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
“Accountability of funds is non-negotiable, so each Government institution must account for every dollar spent.”
She also said that corruption is a no-go area in the //Kharas Region, emphasising that it cannot be right that some people embezzle public funds at the expense of the majority.
“Report such people,” Basson stressed.
Another area where money reportedly got lost or mismanaged in the region is at the Mass Housing programme and the //Kharas Regional Council where over N.dollars 70 million remains unaccounted for.
To date, culprits have not been brought to book, despite Government and the ACC’s knowledge on the respective matters.