30 Jan 2019 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JAN (NAMPA)- Namibia has improved by two points and scored 53, making it still one of the least corrupt countries in the world and the country is now ranked 52, in the world out of 180 countries.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) revealed this in a media statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday, citing to the newly released corruption perception index by Transparency International (TI).
It said in Africa, Namibia ranks among the top five (5) least corrupt countries, while in position three (3) in the Southern African Development Community Region.
Improving by two points is a remarkable achievement by Namibia because often countries only improve by one point or slide down, it added.
The statement read that Namibia's improvement is attributed to many positive measures involving a committed political leadership, relevant anti-corruption laws passed by Parliament and effective work by investigating agencies and stakeholders.
The improvement is further attributed to the respect for rule of law, an independent judiciary and the protection of freedom of expression among many attributes of democratic governance.
According to the statement, fighting corruption is a matter of concerted efforts that require individuals and all stakeholders to join hands.
Though Namibia is still perceived to be one of the least corrupt countries in the world, that should not imply that there is no corruption in the country and all efforts must be made to increase the drive against corruption and ensure that culprits are held accountable, it continued.
'Public institutions, particularly, must be prudently administered in the manner that ensure open, transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs of society. Improved performance and service delivery will strengthen our democratic governance system and ultimately increase Namibia's recognition as the best governed country in the world,' it concluded.