ACC requires more manpower to speed up finalising investigations

The Swakopmund Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) conducted information sharing sessions, workshops, seminars and a media campaign with 28 different institutions, with the aim of reducing corruption through an aggressive public awareness campaign. This was revealed by Clr Cleophas Mutjavikua, the Governor of Erongo during his State of the Region Address (SORA) on Thursday.
In his speech, Clr Mutjavikua said during the period under review 44 cases were reported to the ACC of which 19 cases have been finalised. This constitutes 45% of the cases received. Furthermore, 20 cases are in the process of investigation and two cases were referred to other institutions.
Three cases were submitted to the Prosecutor General for a decision whether to prosecute.
Clr Mutjavikua also shared some of the challenges the ACC is faced with. Amongst these he noted that the ACC requires more manpower. Especially with regards to investigations to speed up the finalisation of cases.
“The financial constraints also played a role. Especially when it comes to prevention activities, as well as awareness activities. The perception of the ACC being toothless and only targeting the public sector and small cases is also a challenge,” the Governor said.
He continued saying that the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS), the Regional Councils (RC) and Local Authorities (LA) have a pivotal role to play.
Specifically to enhance transparency and accountability in budget management. Budget management focuses funds for the purpose intended. Clr Mutjavikua in this regard stressed the importance of Regional- and Local Authorities taking accountability for public funds and to develop the responsibility to manage public funds well.

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