A CROWD of demonstrators consisting mainly of young people today took the streets Windhoek to march against corruption in Namibia.
The peaceful demonstration, which coincided with the International Anti-Corruption Day, saw over 100 youths marching from the Zoo Park to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) head-office where the protestors handed over a memorandum of demand (MoD) to ACC Director General, Paulus Noa.
The six-page MoD addressed the status of corruption in Namibia and corruption as an act of terrorism, while highlighting the so-called Fishrot Scandal and many others.
“In the case of Namibia and the Fishrot Scandal, it has adversely affected the community of Walvis Bay. About 25 men died as a result of the ripple effect of this act. Homes were wrecked and young people were forced in to early adulthood to work to help their families survive. This forms the basis of our statement that the level of corruption has become an act of terror,” reads the memorandum of demand.
Protestors demanded that the ACC and office of the Prosecutor General act in the missing N$660 million at the GIPF, the N$36 million that was paid to UK-based lawyers for their work in the Genocide case, N$5,5 billion spent on the oil storage, the Xaris Energy matter involving N$7 billion, the missing N$23 million Kora Awards money and Fishcor’s alleged billion-dollar quota with Angolan partners.
The MoD also listed a Katrina Hanse-Himarwa farm sale to her son, the N$3 billion mass housing program, the N$1 billion tender for the construction of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Home Affairs foreign accounts, the millions lost at the Ministry of Justice and a supposed N$24 million that TransNamib paid to “political elites” for a N$3 million job.
The memorandum also lists the N$360 million tender to the NAC, the more than 70 contracts approved by AMTA, investigations into the case of George Simataa while at the works ministry. The memorandum further demands investigations into Namdia and local authorities such as Gobabis.
“We demand a comprehensive response on these cases,” Dimbulukeni Nauyoma, who led the group, said.
According to Nauyoma, for any constitutional institution to fully operate and fulfil its constitutional mandate, it needs to sharpen its legal powers in ensuring that it does a good job.
“We have it on good authority that the amendment to the act has been sitting on your table for the past four years now which hampers the work of the Anti-Corruption Commission. The reforms include, amongst others, criminalizing conflict of interest, introducing term limits to ACC Director, reduction of political interference in investigations and empowering investigators,” said Nauyoma.
“We are aware that these reforms include an oversight body that will keep your office in check and hence why you deliberately keep the amendment to the Act under your desk.”
Finally, protestors demanded that Noa, who has been at the helm of the ACC since its establishment in 2003, should not serve another term.
“We need people that are willing to perform their duties uncompromised and to the best of their abilities in cleaning Namibia,” the MoD concluded.