The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is an independent agency established by an Act of Parliament, the Anti-Corruption Act, 2003 (Act No. 8 of 2003) to combat and prevent corruption in Namibia.
As the leading agency in Namibia that investigates corruption offences, we take care to ensure that offenders are brought to justice.
We are also responsible for taking measures for the prevention of corruption in public bodies and private bodies including revision of practices, systems and procedures which may be prone or conducive to corrupt practices, advising such bodies on ways to prevent corruption and educating the public on the evils and dangers of corruption.
Our mandate is:
- To investigate allegations of corrupt practices,
- To educate the public on the evils of corruption,
- To prevent corruption.
“A corrupt-free Namibia”
“To lead the fight against corruption in Namibia through effective law enforcement and preventative measures for the good of society”.
The following core values guide our operations:
Integrity, accountability, transparency, fairness and excellence.
The ACC consists of a director-general, a deputy director-general and other staff members. The director-general and deputy director-general are appointed by the National Assembly on a full-time basis for a period of five years upon nomination by the President and may be re-appointed upon expiry of their terms of office. The other staff members of the ACC are appointed subject to the provision of the Public Service Act, 1995 (Act No 13 of 1995). The ACC has a staff establishment of 106 full-time positions. As at the end of March 2018, 83 positions had been filled consisting of the director-general, the deputy director-general, the accounting officer (permanent secretary), 28 investigating officers, 19 public education and corruption prevention officers and 33 administrative staff. The ACC may, with the concurrence of the Prime Minister appoint persons with expert knowledge in a particular field to be special investigators on a temporary basis.
Our funding and budget
As a government agency the funding of the ACC ’s funding is annually appropriated by Parliament. Our total funding and spending for the current and recent preceding years are shown in the table below:
How we spent our budget during the 2017/18 financial year
The table below indicates expenditure per standard items in N$:
|Subsistence and travel allowance||1,537,468|
|All other expenditure put together||2,175,928|
How we receive complaints and investigate
The ACC receives oral or written complaints from members of the public and other institutions. Some members of the public prefer to report anonymously or request that their identities be protected. Complaints may be submitted in person to any of the offices of the ACC, or telephonically or by post, email, , fax or by registering a complaint on this website.
Once a complaint is received, an assessment is carried out to determine if the matter falls within the mandate of the ACC. If the matter is found to be relevant to the ACC mandate, a preliminary investigation is carried out to enable the director-general to make a decision on whether the matter warrants an investigation. If, after an investigation, it appears to the director-general that a corrupt practice offence under Chapter 4 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2003, (Act No 8 of 2003), or any other offence discovered during the investigation has been committed, the director-general must refer the matter and all relevant information and evidence assembled by the ACC in connection with the matter to the prosecutor-general. The power to prosecute is a constitutional authority that vests in the prosecutor-general.
How we strive to prevent corruption
Public education and corruption prevention initiatives are carried out as part of the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan (NACS) 2016 – 2019. The NACS consolidates the efforts of all stakeholders in the fight against corruption. The overall objective of the NACS is to contribute to an environment in Namibia adverse to corruption. ACC assists the Office of the Prime Minister in coordinating the implementation of the NACS. In addition to this coordinating function, the ACC carries out the following functions:
- Conducting risk-assessment on corruption vulnerabilities in government offices, ministries and agencies, public enterprises and the Regional and Local Authorities ;
- facilitating the establishment of integrity committees for government offices, ministries and agencies, public enterprises and the Regional and Local Authorities ;
- facilitating annual ethics training for government offices, ministries and agencies, the public enterprises and the regional and local authorities;
- facilitating the implementation of civic education programmes for promoting ethics, integrity, openness and access to information.