THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has since its inception submitted 694 cases to the Office of the Prosecutor-General.
This was revealed by ACC director general, Paulus Noa, during the commentation of the international Anti-Corruption day held in Windhoek on Thursday.
Noa indicated that the Office of the PG has already decided to prosecute a total of 530 cases, with 76% of these cases already finalised.
“At times it takes long before an investigation of allegations of corruption is finalised, depending on the nature of the allegations and availability of evidence,” he said.
Noa noted that fighting corruption is a never-ending public task, adding that a strong nation with a shared vision, holding hands in unison, will always emerge victorious.
“We must be mindful of the fact that the damage caused by corruption may result in long term effects on the economy and people’s livelihood,” he added.
He emphasised that corruption erodes the moral fabric of society and damages the ethos of democratic governments.
Noa added that corruption benefits a few individuals while costly to the larger society, undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, and erodes the quality of life.
Noa said it is for this reason that a National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan 2021- 2025 was developed and is currently receiving the attention of Cabinet.
The Strategy guarantees continuity in the fight against corruption and attaining the country’s vision for a corruption-free Namibia through synergy and collaboration by encouraging participation and commitment by all stakeholders.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Namibia, Sen Pang, concurs with Noa, saying corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries, and undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability.
Pang called on every Namibian, young and old, to play their part in the prevention of corruption in order to promote resilience and integrity at all levels of society.