The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has recorded a 36% reduction in cases of graft between January and November this year compared to the same period last year, it has emerged.
Official figures from its 2012/2013 preliminary report shows a total of 393 cases were reported this year while 617 were received in 2012.
Commission director, Paulus Noa, has told The Villager the commission has managed to deal with a number of cases with the help of Government funding.
This year alone, the commission has managed to send 64 cases to the Prosecutor General while a further 71 reports are still under investigation. “The ACC has made a lot of progress in fighting corruption but people should know we are not alone in this fight. Every citizen has a role to play in driving corruption out of Namibia,” says Noa.
ACC’s main objective, Noa adds, is to restore Namibia’s pride as a corruption-free country. Namibia is currently ranked 57 out of the 177 countries, which were recently evaluated by Transparency International.
“We have covered a lot of ground in terms of addressing issues of corruption but this battle is far from over without everyone’s support,” he stresses.
Despite working around the clock to bring perpetrators of corruption to book, the ACC still faces a number of challenges including bad criticism and delays in case investigations. It is thus not easy to measure corruption on how severe it is in the country, as it comes in different forms.
“Corruption is not only done through bribery, as many would assume. It is also done through mismanagement of public resources,” Noa explains. The ACC is currently crafting a host of measures aimed at addressing some of the challenges it faces in its line of duty. The latest Afro-Barometer Survey, which was released on 13 November 2013 in Dakar, Senegal, shows Namibian government officials and police are regarded as the most corrupt, according to public perception of corruption in the public sector.
Namibia has been ranked at 55%, which is slightly below the 56% average, in the ratings of how African countries have handled the fight against corruption since 2011. Forty-four percent of people polled in 2012 said most or all national officials are corrupt while a further 42% said most or all police officers are.
The Office of the President and National Assembly ranked the lowest in the public perception of corruption, with just 14% of respondents saying most or all officials in the Office of the President are corrupt while 16% claimed most or the entire National Assembly is corrupt.
The survey, however, notes the perception of corruption is always higher than the actual experience in all countries.