NAMIBIA: CORRUPTION/NBC/17/5/18 SABANews 1
SWAKOPMUND – The NAMIBIA Anti-Corruption Commission in the western region of ERONGO is battling to clear a backlog of cases dating back 10 years ago.
NBC News says the authorities have blamed the situation on the shortages of investigating officers, as well as hostile whistle-blowers who are slowing down investigations.
It says Commission Senior Investigating Officer FRIEDA KANYAMA has told a media conference in SWAKOPMUND City they have at least 85 active cases this financial year.
She says 23 of the cases are in court, while 10 have gone through all the process and are now with Prosecutor-General OLIVIA IMALWA.
However, Ms KANYAMA says the Commission remains with the challenge to complete some 33 cases accumulated since 2008.
She says in addition to the dilemma of having only FOUR investigating officers, they have yet another challenge to get information from stakeholders, like banks, because there is not a centralized system.
As a result, the investigator says whenever she needs information she writes a summons to the capital, WINDHOEK, and wait for a long period before getting the required response.
Mr KANYAMA has further accused stakeholders of responding too late, or not at all, to requests for information.
She says the slow pace of operations is also due to lack of public knowledge of the functions of the Labour Ministry, the Ombudsman, Anti-Corruption Commission, and the police.
The situation, therefore, results in whistle-blowers being sent back and forth from ONE office to another, and they end up claiming the Commission refuses to attend to them.
Private firms face a moderate risk of corruption in the SADC country, which suffers from less dishonesty compared to others in the region, according to the NAMIBIA Corruption Report.
It says the public procurement sector is mainly exposed to such crimes due to the monopoly of state-owned companies (parastatals).
The Anti-Corruption Act is the primary anti-corruption law in NAMIBIA, covering passive bribery, active bribery, attempted corruption, extortion and bribing a foreign public official./Sabanews/cam