International Anti-corruption Day commemorated

SWAKOPMUND The presence of an anti-corruption day tree encourages all stakeholders to help tackle the issue.

17 December 2018 | Events

Tobias Amoonga; Chief public education and corruption prevention officer; “If we are to win the fight against corruption, we need to openly debate, discuss and talk about corruption."

Adolf Kaure - Belated International Anti-corruption Day commemorations took place at the Thomas Hamunyela Amphitheatre in Swakopmund on Wednesday.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) chief public education and corruption prevention officer for the Erongo region, Tobias Amoonga, said that while investigating corrupt practices is important, the best cure for corruption is prevention.

“Therefore raising awareness like what we are doing today and effective implementation of preventive measures can help Namibia and Africa at large to win the fight against corruption sustainably, by addressing its occurrence at the root before crimes are committed, before assets are stolen, before public funds are misused and before bribery and other forms of corrupt practices take place."

During the commemorations which were held under the theme “Winning the fight against corruption: A sustainable path to Africa’s transformation”, an anti-corruption tree was embedded.

Amoonga explained: “This is to raise awareness on corruption and solicit public support in fighting it. An awareness campaign is the first step in raising citizens awareness on how corruption impacts their lives by wasting resources that should be allocated to basic services.”

Amoonga said that when former president Hifikepunye Pohamba took office in March 2005, he promised the Namibian nation that he would make the fight against corruption one of his priorities.

"Again in February 2006, when he launched the ACC, he restated government’s commitment to fight against corruption. The responsibility to ensure that the pledge made by our government is realised, lies with all of us.”

International Anti-corruption Day is commemorated on 9 December every year. The day was set following the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 58/4 of 31 October 2003. The agenda 23 convention was then opened for signature in Merida, Mexico, from 9 to 11 December 2003 and thereafter until 9 December 2005 at the United Nations headquarters.

Amoonga further said that it is pleasing that Namibia stands among the states who first demonstrated their commitment to fight corruption by being among the first to sign the convention on the 9 December 2003.

"The convention provides a unique opportunity to mount a global response to corruption. Our government has put in place a wonderful national dream (Vision 2030). But we shall not realise our national dream if we sit idle and not confront corruption head on. If we are to win the fight against corruption, we need to openly debate, discuss and talk about corruption. Fighting corruption requires the participation of all stakeholders."

He was adamant that the ACCwill not win the fight against corruption alone.

"All of us, the government, SOEs, politicians, civil society organisations, private sectors, media and individual members of society, must make our contribution.”

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