ACC not a toothless bulldog: Nghituwamata

22 Aug 2019 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is not a toothless bulldog but an organization that has been implementing the mandate it was created for, its Chief Public Relations Officer, Josefina Nghituwamata, said on Thursday.

Nghituwamata was responding to allegations made by Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) Secretary General, Mohongara Kavihuha during a media briefing here on Tuesday, in which he labeled the ACC ‘a toothless bulldog’.

Nghituwamata said a number of cases have been finalised in the court of law, adding that the ACC will continue to invite all to report the corruption allegations they are aware of and give evidence against such corrupt acts.

She added that the court prosecutes with the evidence at its disposal.

“The fact remains that fighting corruption in any committed society requires [a] multi-sectoral approach. It is therefore important when one sees all sectors of society demonstrating their resolve to contribute to the prevention and fight against corruption, without blaming or accusing the government of inability to stop corruption,” she said.

During TUN's media briefing, Kavihuha announced that the union plans to create a trust that will fund the prosecution of the 'rich and powerful' in Namibia, to hold them accountable.

'The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has proven time and time again that it is a toothless bulldog wasting public funds with no tangible benefits,” he said, adding that while they welcome the successful prosecution of former Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, she is not the only one accused of corrupt practices.

He said the aim of this trust is to ensure that where the Prosecutor General refuses to prosecute the rich and powerful, private citizens in their right can institute such proceedings.

Kavihuha said the trust will be funded through donations from private individuals, organisations and the corporate world, who shall have the right' to remain anonymous. He said the intention is to operationalise Section 8 (1) of the Criminal Procedure Act, No 51 of 1977 as amended, which allows anybody to institute and conduct a prosecution in respect of such offence in any competent court.