AFTER considering the full explanation of the Executive Director of the Ministry of Justice, Issaskar Ndjoze together with the supporting documents provide by the Ministry of Justice, the Anti-corruption Commission concluded that there was no intent to swindle money and no money was swindled from the Ministry.
According to a statement by the ACC, Ndjoze has responded to the ACC’s letter of the 10th June 2019 on allegations of corruption by three officials of the Ministry of Justice pertaining to the purchase of software for Balance Score Card Performance Management.
“The ACC, in addition to the explanation, was furnished with proof with supporting documents that the mentioned officials were granted approval by the Executive Director to procure the software from the identified supplier. The Executive Director further advanced reasons why the software was opted for, because the Singaporean company is reputable and the Ministry previously collaborated with the same supplier. Based on their research, the Ministry could not find providers of similar software in Namibia.”
According to the Acc statement the explanation was as well furnished on circumstances that compelled the Ministry to make payment to the supplier through the personal bank accounts of the Ministry’s officials. Additional to that, proof of full payment of funds by staff members as well as proof of receipt of payment were submitted to ACC.
“The ACC considered the full explanation together with the supporting documents and concluded that there was no intent to swindle the money and no money was swindled from the Ministry.”
According to the Executive Director’s explanation letter, the procedure was intended to expedite the process of payment for the software, to avoid carrying the expenditure into the next Financial Year. The need for the software was as well explained in the reply.
Although the ACC is satisfied that there was no intention to siphon the funds, the practice of paying suppliers through personal bank accounts of public officials is unprocedural, unlawful and must be discontinued by public institutions. The practice creates potential chances for corruption.