Katima Mulilo, Zambezi Region – Zambezi Governor Lawrence Sampofu has called on residents to actively report incidents of corruption to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Speaking during the commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day in Katima Mulilo, Sampofu emphasized the importance of combating corruption, especially in the handling of public funds.
According to Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA), Governor Sampofu highlighted the misuse of resources meant for public services, noting that funds and goods often end up benefiting individuals rather than the intended community. He pointed out issues such as stalled projects, poor services, and the improper use of tenders designed for community benefit. “Accepting bribes is also a form of corruption,” Sampofu stated, urging those in charge of public resources to fulfill their duties responsibly.
Erna Van Der Merwe, the ACC’s Deputy Director Advocate, echoed the sentiment, emphasizing that no country is immune to the damaging effects of corruption. She underscored the need for widespread commitment to raising awareness and actively fighting corruption at both national and international levels. “Every person plays a vital role in preventing and combating corruption,” Van der Merwe said, adding that everyone ultimately becomes a victim of corruption’s effects.
The event also featured Priscilla Israel, the Director General for Operations at Botswana’s Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime. Israel announced ongoing efforts between Namibia and Botswana to establish a joint Technical Committee. This committee is tasked with developing an implementation plan for operationalizing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries, aimed at addressing corruption challenges that cross jurisdictions. “We are ready to assist Namibia and other states in reclaiming the proceeds of corruption,” Israel stated, highlighting the advanced stage of the MoU.