08 Mar 2018 16:30pm
By Edward Mumbuu Jnr
WINDHOEK, 08 MAR (NAMPA) The days for Namibia's rhetorical fight against corruption are over and it is time for this talk to be accompanied by action, Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) Secretary-General Mike Kavekotora has said.
He made these remarks in an interview with Nampa, shortly after the tabling of the N.dollars 65 billion national budget for the 2018/19 financial year by finance minister Calle Schlettwein in the National Assembly on Wednesday.
Schlettwein reiterated Government's zero tolerance approach towards corruption.
However, the RDP lawmaker said it was time to walk the talk in the anti-graft fight.
I remember our first president, Sam Nujoma, spoke about corruption, but nothing was done about it. Our second president [Hifikepunye Pohamba] spoke about zero tolerance for corruption, but nothing was done about it, said Kavekotora.
Our current president [Hage Geingob] is also talking about zero tolerance for corruption and I think comparatively speaking, he has done a little bit better than the others.
One such example is Geingob's intervention in the Hosea Kutako International Airport upgrade tender, which was inflated from N.dollars 3 billion to N.dollars 7 billion.
I think from that perspective, he is doing something but that something is not enough.
In addition, Kavekotora criticised the Anti-Corruption Commissions tame efforts in combating corruption.
I think its about time for us to start interrogating these institutions to find out whether they are really making a significant contribution.
In his speech, Schlettwein said everyone must ruthlessly implement a zero tolerance stance against corruption at all levels, because it jeopardises the noble objectives of broad based prosperity, of poverty eradication, of equality, indeed the future of our children and ourselves.
Meanwhile, Geingob is on record as saying there is political will from the side of Government to fight corruption in Namibia.
The Head of State also noted, with concern, claims of corruption levelled against public officials, including those in his Cabinet.