Corruption is a devastating crime: Klazen

10 Aug 2018 18:40pm
ONAYENA, 10 AUG (NAMPA) – There is a general consensus among the nations of the world that corruption is a devastating crime which, if not addressed, erodes and damages any country’s gains.
Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Derek Klazen said this at Onayena in the Oshikoto Region on Friday, while officiating at the national Commemoration of the African Day of Decentralisation, Local Governance and Local Development.
According to Klazen, corruption erodes and damages the gains of countries in all spheres of human endeavour.
To this end, Klazen said, the African Union (AU) Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Corruption, to which Namibia is a signatory, makes it clear that AU Member States are deeply concerned about the negative effects of corruption and impunity on the political, economic, social and cultural stability of member states.
Such convention acknowledges that corruption undermines accountability and transparency in the management of public affairs, as well as socio-economic development, he added.
“It further recognises that corruption undermines institutions and democracy, ethical values and justice, while also jeopardising sustainable development and the rule of law,” Klazen told the audience.
In this context, Klazen noted that Namibia has established institutions such as the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), legislation and systems to fight corruption.
Speaking at the same event, ACC Director-General, Paulus Noa stressed that the decentralisation of governance is crucial to development.
The commemoration of the Day, Noa stated, reminds the nation of the importance of providing people at grassroots level an opportunity to participate in the decision-making process and becoming owners of the decisions that govern their lives.
“The commemoration further reminds us of the significance of putting in place necessary checks and balances in the process of decentralisation,” Noa explained.
In as much as decentralisation of regional and local authorities is critical to speedy development, Noa said conflict of interest and corruption are destructive to the gains of decentralisation.
The day is commemorated on 10 August annually and the Hardap Region was drawn during the event to be the host region in 2019.