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Favouritism tops highest corruption form ÔÇô ACC

Tue, 15 September 2015 16:37
by Rosalia David
Business

Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) Director Paulus Noa says Namibia has observed favouritism as the highest reported form of corruption. 

According to the ACC, corruption is not always measured in monetary terms as it is perpetrated in many different forms such as nepotism, favouritism, abuse of power, embezzlement, fraud and extortion. 

Last year, 435 alleged corrupt practises were reported to the ACC, while this year, only 191 cases have been reported thus far. 

“Most allegations are about favouritism, and this is when people make allegations that others are awarded tenders because they know someone at the Tender Board. 

Most corruption indirectly involves money. During such cases, at the end of the day, someone will benefit”, Noa stressed. 

ACC spokesperson Albert Mbanga told The Villager that they have conducted programmes to create community awareness. 

“An integrity management program for the public and private sectors is being conducted using an integrity management toolbox to assist institutions in the fight against corruption through prevention, and creating awareness on how to detect corruption”, Mbanga explained. 

According to the Transparency International Perception Index, Namibia is amongst the countries perceived to be least-corrupt in Africa. 

Namibia ranks amongst Botswana, Cape Verde, Seychelles, Mauritius, Lesotho and Rwanda for good behaviour.