Forum to tackle corruption head on

08 October 2018 | Crime

Otis Finck

As much as 50% of persons sitting in top managerial, directorship and leadership positions have been appointed through corrupt recruitment processes.

“The nation therefore cannot expect much in terms of employment from those who benefited from being appointed via corrupt means. Corruption has engulfed Namibia and is being kept under the table since it has become the bread and butter for many,” says Manfred Naobeb, chairman and director general of the National Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum (NACIF) of Namibia, a newly established corruption watchdog.

Noabeb, who is a human resources and labour law expert, unveiled the logo of the first ever National Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum of Namibia scheduled to be launched on 6 October.

The forum will be a unique platform with over 500 participants from the 14 regions representing various policy makers, communities, sectors and professions. It aims to foster networking for effective advocacy and action on national level.

The launch of the forum with “Confronting Corruption Head On” as theme will take place in Windhoek at the Avani Hotel. This will be followed by a gala dinner at the Protea Hotel in Walvis Bay on 27 October with the first NACIF multi-stakeholder dialogue series with “The real cost of corruption: Inequality and disillusionment” as theme, to be hosted on 23 and 24 November in Windhoek.

Noabeb explained that the forum intends to lead the policy debate on integrity and a nationwide anti-corruption drive and aims to promote co-operation between all stakeholders.

“It will tackle the increasingly sophisticated challenges posed by corruption and the lack of accountability in the country.”

He pointed out that many persons became beneficiaries of corruption and they eventually became the main gatekeepers who captured and recruited the heads and directors of mandated authorities to advance corrupt practices in the country.

“I have it on record and studied the entire corruption operation in Namibia. According to my findings every corrupt rot starts and ends with the leadership. They are looting the state and companies behind closed doors and claims to be successful.”

It was against this background that Noabeb initiated NACIF Namibia with the aim to point out corruption and those involved in corrupt practices.

He cautioned those involved in corruption and called on them to stop fooling the nation.

“We know who you are and in 2019 we will deal with the status quo more effectively. We are talking about top officials worshiped by many due to their corruptly obtained status. They have even captured the judiciary and the law has become irrelevant and dormant. Look how the labour law is being disregarded.”

Noabeb added that state capturing was a reality in Namibia and was not, contrary to popular belief, being executed by the Chinese and whites only.

“Our very own black people are involved in this. Society cannot allow this to continue and must unite to bring down the root cause of poverty, inequality, unemployment, tribalism, nepotism and favouritism.”