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Namibia suffers from knowledge gap regarding ACC

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Erongo Region Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua has indicated that Namibia is suffering from a serious knowledge gap regarding the practices of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Mutjavikua stated this during a one-day consultative meeting on the development of a national anti-corruption strategy framework meeting here on Wednesday.

Regional Councilors, Local authority officials and various other Government officials attended the consultative meeting.

He indicated that various legal instruments had been put in place to promote the necessary enabling regime for keeping the Government clean, but are not known to the citizens.

“We are therefore suffering from a serious knowledge gab resulting in a recipe for misuse of power which is being felt by the citizens,” Mutjavikua said.

He continued to say that citizens need to feel proud whilst being served, but this could not happen if they (citizens) have to pay inducement for services that Government provides.

The Governor stated this include paying inducement to the airport, home affairs, traffic outfits, customs and excise and Municipal offices.

“Citizens will lose the pride if they are not receiving public services as a result of tenders that are being re-advertised, while nothing is being done to those who caused that omission. If we cannot provide the service and perform as we wish we are going to lose confidence from our citizens,” Mutjavikua noted.

He added that the aim of a civil servant is to serve the nation and to create confidence to the customer.

“Within this impersonal and involuntary relationship whereby we need to provide a service for remuneration, it is corrupt if we don't that. Systematically we are becoming a nation of commissions, kickbacks, baksheeshes and slush funds like in Angola ‘Kasosa’,” he reprimanded.

The Governor further mentioned that fighting corruption is a national project that calls for the effective contribution from every sector of society.

It is also very important, he said to point out that accusation of corrupt practices should not be used as a way to settle political scores or to defeat opponents.

Thus alleged corrupt practices should be brought to book as soon as possible to allow real justice not trial in the media.

“The only option for us to survive is to keep our government and especially our region serene. It is one of the ways to market our country and indeed our region,” Mutjavikua stated.

(edited)SWAKOPMUND: Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua says Namibians are suffering from a serious knowledge gap regarding the practices of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

He said this during a one-day consultative meeting on the development of a national anti-corruption framework here on Wednesday.

Regional councillors, local authority officials and various other government officials were present at the meeting, which was aimed at bringing all strategies of the ACC together under one umbrella.

The governor said various legal instruments have been put in place to promote the necessary enabling regime to help keep Government ‘clean’, but these are not known to Namibian citizens.

“We are, therefore, suffering from a serious knowledge gap, resulting in a recipe for the misuse of power, which is being felt by the citizens,” Mutjavikua stated.

He went on to say that Namibians need to feel proud whilst making use of the public service, but this cannot happen if they have to pay incentives for the services that government provides.

This includes making payments at places like the Ministry of Home Affairs, the traffic department, the Department of Customs and Excise in the Ministry of Finance, and at municipal offices.

“If we cannot provide the services and perform as needed, we are going to lose the confidence of our citizens,” Mutjavikua noted, adding that the aim of a civil servant is to serve the nation, and to create confidence within the customer.

The Governor added that fighting corruption is a ‘national project’, which calls for the effective contribution of every sector of Namibian society.

It is also very important, he said, to point out that accusations of corrupt practices should not be used as a way of settling political scores, and alleged corrupt practices should be dealt with as soon as possible to allow real justice, and not “trials though the media”.

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