24 Apr 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 APR, NAMPA The National Assembly should re-examine the formula used for funding the Anti-Corruption Commission in order to transform it into the formidable corruption-busting body Namibians want.
This was said by the Deputy Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Samuel Ankama during his budget motivation speech in Parliament on Tuesday.
He explained that a higher level of funding is a prerequisite for such a transformation, adding that the United Nations Convention Against Corruption requires state parties to adequately equip and fund anti-corruption bodies.
Corruption is prevalent in our country. Corruption is amongst us. It is an enemy that we must confront in a decisive manner, he said.
Ankama motivated that tackling corruption, especially organised corruption schemes, requires adequate in-house human resources capacity as well as specialised skills that can only be obtained from the private sector at a high cost.
The ACCs budget decreased from about N.dollars 60.955 million in the 2018/19 financial year to around N.dollars 60.755 million in the 2019/2020 financial year.
Between April 2018 and March 2019 the ACC dealt with 375 cases out of which 50 were finalised and referred to the Prosecutor-General for prosecution, while 17 cases were referred to other institutions for further handling after preliminary investigations were conducted.
A total of 185 were closed as allegations were either unfounded or not substantiated, while in nine cases preliminary inquiries are ongoing and for 114, corruption investigations are ongoing.
According to Ankama these are considerable achievements.
For the ACC to effectively carry out its mandate, it needs N.dollars 61.6 million for the 2019/20 financial year, he said.
Limited financial resources will render the commission unable to investigate all allegations of corruption, a situation the deputy minister said calls for implementation of cost saving measures whilst ensuring value for money in the execution of statutory functions.