19 Oct 2017 17:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 19 OCT (NAMPA) - A document containing strategies and an action plan on how to combat corruption in the country was introduced to the public by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at Otjiwarongo on Thursday.
ACC Director-General, Paulus Noa introduced the document to the public and Government officials of the Otjozondjupa Region.
Similar meetings are expected to take place in other regions before the end of this year.
Noa said the 48-page document belongs to everyone and is not the property of the ACC as corruption affects all citizens when their natural resources are diverted to only benefit a few individuals.
He said the document was formulated by the ACC, starting in 2014, and regional and national consultative meetings were held to include inputs of the public and Cabinet.
Noa said the country needs to prevent corruption at all levels of society than to wait and act when the damage has already been done by suspected corrupt persons.
This National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan started in 2016 and runs until 2019.
The document will be distributed to constituency offices, community centres and other places where the public can access a copy to read and know what they are expected to do when they suspect corrupt dealings.
Namibia had in 2013 and 2014 signed and ratified the United Nations Anti-Corruption Policy, therefore, it is within the mandate of everyone to protect the public properties and natural resources, he said.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge said it was a good idea that the ACC had brought together relevant stakeholders to a platform where accountability and transparency are talked about and promoted.
Ipinge said his office is always keen and desperate to see increased public service delivery, prevention of corruption, economic growth and creation of employment opportunities in the region.
Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Heinrich Tjiveze, Otjiwarongo local authority councillors and officials from the regional council were also present.