WELCOMING REMARKS BY PAULUS NOA,DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION,
AT THE ETHICS AND CORRUPTION RISK ASSESMENT WORKSHOP FOR
MEMBERS OF THE NAMIBIAN POLICE FORCE:
3 TO 5 DECEMBER 2018 ACC AUDITORIUM.
Director of Proceedings,
Major General Anne-Marie Nainda of the Namibian Police Force,
Senior Officers of the Namibian Police,
Staff members of the Anti-Corruption Commission,
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is with great pleasure to welcome you to this important workshop.
Let me start by extending my thanks to the leadership of the Namibian Police for availing time from your tight schedule to come and attend the ethics and risk assessment training, particularly, that this training session is taking place at a very critical time of the year calendar when your service is mostly in high demand.
This training is part of Namibia’s anti-corruption program in line with the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan. In terms of the Strategy all public institutions and all sectors of our society must undergo anti-corruption awareness trainings to put them on common understanding of the dangers and effects of corruption. They must as well reaffirm their commitment to the fight and prevention against corruption. The Namibian Police, just like the Anti-Corruption Commission, is the important port of call when citizens observe what they suspect to be corruption.
Corruption is a broader phenomenon and is perpetrated through different conducts ranging from fraud, embezzlement, illicit financial flows, administrative malfeasance, and mismanagement of public resources. Other conducts such as political none accountability, absence of transparency and impunity in public service create fertile grounds for much more widespread corruption. You will agree with me that the duty to increase the momentum against corruption cannot be left to law enforcement agencies alone. It calls for all sectors to put hands together and move with one strong force against corruption. Corruption is our common enemy which destroys good governance.
The African Union General Assembly of Heads of State and Government declared 2018 African Anti-Corruption Year under the theme “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation” This was done in recognition of the debilitating effects of corruption on the economies in Africa.
Therefore, in order for Namibia to strengthen our anti-corruption drive, there is need for continuous trainings to sharpen our skills and knowledge as well as need for increased sensitization campaigns of the community members. Collaboration between law enforcement agencies and other sectors need to be strengthened as part of our efforts to promote transparency, accountability, efficient and effective delivery of services to the public.
The National Anti-Corruption Strategy to which we have all contributed, is a roadmap that can lead Namibia to greater prosperity if fully implemented by all stakeholders.
Trainings is one of the objectives of the Strategy aimed to enhance Namibia’s anti-corruption drive. With particular reference to the risk assessment training, the objective is to detect red flags and provide for mitigating measures to prevent corruption. The officials of ACC will take the participants through over the training period.
Though Namibia is among the African countries that are perceived to be doing better in terms of corruption perception index by Transparency International, we need to acknowledge that those are mere perceptions based on different governance data. A lot more needs to be done to root out corruption from all sectors of society. We need to acknowledge that corruption is a global phenomenon and no country claims to have never experienced corruption.
However, with commitments and determination, there is no doubt that Namibia can shine and become a role model in the fight against corruption. As police officers, you unreservedly agree with me that the public’s approach to this evil, matters a lot. The public needs to be bold and ready to report suspicions of corruption. The public must be prepared to stand before court and give evidence on the fraud and corruption they encountered. In the absence of evidence presented to courts, there is no way that culprits will be found guilty of their wrongdoings by the courts of law. Just like in the absence of well-trained investigators, there is no way that corruption will be successfully investigated.
Therefore, what is required is never ending capacitation of officials to keep them up to date with new trends used by the culprits.
Once again, I thank you for finding time to be here this morning. Use the opportunity to discuss and interact to the fullest during the training presentations, to ensure that at the end of the training you have all benefitted from understanding all aspects of corruption and the pro-active approaches to prevent it.
I thank you