Namibians should adopt zero tolerance stance against corruption: Schlettwein

07 Mar 2018 20:40pm
RUNDU, 07 MAR (NAMPA) – The Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein, has asked Namibians to ruthlessly implement a zero tolerance stance against corruption at all levels.
Schlettwein said this when he tabled the 2018/19 National Budget in the National Assembly on Wednesday.
He said Namibians should ruthlessly implement a zero tolerance stance against corruption as demanded by President Hage Geingob.
“It must become the Namibian corporate culture, both in the public and private sectors. The required competencies and capacities to take on the crucial fight must be developed,” said Schlettwein.
In order to fight corruption as mandated, the Anti-Corruption Commission has been allocated N.dollars 61 million from the N.dollars 65 billion 2018/19 National Budget.
This represents an increase of N.dollars 1.7 million in the budget of the agency compared to the N.dollars 59.3 million it received in the 2017/2018 budget.
Schlettwein further said over a number of years, Namibia has been rated by several reputable rating agents as a relatively favourable country with strong institutions and relatively low levels of corruption.
He said Namibia is consistently in the top five least corrupt countries on the African continent, which he described as an achievement.
“This is an achievement, but it falls short of being free of corruption. On face value, the cost of corruption is immense,” said the minister.
Schlettwein amongst others mentioned the upgrading of the Hosea Kutako International Airport, which was stopped because the cost thereof escalated to more than double the original amount for no good reason.