Government ministries corruption complaints are highest

15 Aug 2018 14:50pm

Complaints of corruption in respect of government ministries is the highest representing 35 % of complaints recorded during 2016 and 2017.

The complaints received by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Namibian (ACC) mostly relate to administrative irregularities of public resources.

According to ACC, 21 cases were lodged against the ministry of home affairs followed by the education ministry with 20 cases of complaints while 12 were lodged against the health ministry.

Local Authorities are the second highest in respect of complaints received by ACC representing 19 %.

Most complaints have been lodged against Walvis Bay municipality; City of Windhoek; Henties Bay municipality and Karibib Town Council during the same period.

Otjizondjupa region recorded the highest cases of complaints (34%); Hardap (20%); Zambezi //KARAS, and Omusati (13%); while Ohangwena recorded 7%.

During the year under review, ACC referred 48 cases to the office of the Prosecutor-General (PG) and 30 cases are on the court role for trial or awaiting trial.

The PG still has to decide on 13 cases and three cases were returned to ACC to obtain additional evidence.

According to the ACC, the number of complaints reported to the Commission has shown a significant drop from the highest figure of 928 in 2008 and 2009 to 345 during 2016 and 2017. This shows a drop of 583 cases from the highest to the lowest in recent years.

During 2017 and 2017 the directorate on investigations carried out over 168 active investigations accumulated and under investigation from previous years. This brings the total amount of active investigations to 266 about 53 cases less that than the previous financial year.

ACC has received a total of 6 160 complaints since its inception of which 287 are ongoing investigations.