Corruption deprive people of opportunities: Pohamba

09 Dec 2013 17:20pm
WIDHOEK, 09 DEC (NAMPA) – The headquarters of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was official inaugurated here on Monday.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba officially unveiled the complex, and the event coincided with International Anti-Corruption Day.
The 09th of December was designated as International Anti-Corruption Day, following the adoption of the United Nations’ General Assembly Resolution Number 58/4 of 31 October 2003.
Pohamba said on this day, Namibia joins hands with other members of the international community to recommit themselves to the ongoing and unrelenting fight against corruption.
“We have articulated our government's stance on corruption clearly and forcefully over the years. We view the menace of corruption - in whatever form it manifest itself - in the most serious light.
We believe that it is a cancer that deprives our people of the opportunities and resources needed for development,” he said.
The president added that corruption hampers efforts to alleviate poverty and undermines political stability and economic growth.
“It corrodes and diminishes opportunities for investment. Therefore, it should not be allowed to fester. We must all fight it and combat it tooth and nail with all the dedication that we can muster, without fear of favour,” he urged.
Pohamba noted that culprits must face justice and be punished for their deeds to serve as a deterrent for anyone contemplating to engage in corrupt practices.
He appealed that Namibia’s limited resources, which are meant to provide services to the people, especially the poor and vulnerable members of society, should not be misappropriated by anyone.
This year, the commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day is being held under theme “Zero Corruption, 100% Development”.
This is in line with Namibia’s commitment of “zero tolerance for corruption”, Pohamba said, adding that by working for a common objective, the nation will achieve the objectives set out in the country’s National Development Plans, Vision 2030, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Pohamba also noted that in keeping with the UN Convention Against Corruption, Namibia has taken concrete steps to criminalise acts of corruption and organised crime.
Namibia has thus enacted new laws such as the Anti-Corruption Act of 2003, the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 2004, the Financial Intelligence Act of 2012, and the Prevention and Combating of Terrorist Activities Act 2012.
Pohamba said that the official opening of the headquarters of the ACC is demonstration of his government's commitment to the work of this important institution in the unrelenting efforts to combat corruption at all levels of society in the country.
“I once again call on all stakeholders, both in the public and private sectors, to play an active role in preventing and combating corruption in Namibia. At the same time, I reiterate my appeal to the Namibian people to report all incidences of bribery, misappropriation of public funds and other related crimes of corruption to the law-enforcement agencies.
It is the patriotic duty of all our people to report all cases of corruption to the ACC or to other law-enforcement agencies,” he stressed.
Pohamba also stated that Government leaders will continue to strengthen the capacity of different institutions in their criminal justice system to carry out their duties and responsibilities effectively and efficiently from the investigation to the prosecution of all crimes, including corrupt practices.
“Although notable progress has been made, we must continue to work as a team in order to uproot corruption whenever it manifests itself in our society. I commend our people who have supported the ACC in fighting corruption.
I encourage anyone who is aware of corrupt practices to report such cases to the ACC or other law-enforcement agencies, so that they can be investigated and the culprits brought to justice.
Let us all do our part and help the ACC succeed in carrying out its mandate,” requested Pohamba.