WHEN former President, Hifikepunye Pohamba, launched the Anti-Corruption Commission in February 2006, Namibia was engulfed with great expectations, those that stemmed from the promise the body held to fight rampant corruption and punish public perpetrators.
It was a new dawn for the Land of the Brave, which for many years had been grappling with graft challenges that subsequently resulted in the denial of basic services to ordinary Namibians in certain cases, while in other cases it has institutionalised maladministration, fraud, embezzlement, bribery, deceit and the list goes on.
What is interesting is that, although the nation placed so much hope on the anti-graft boss, Paulus Noa and his team to institute a robust war against corruption, it is in fact President Hage Geingob, who has been singlehandedly fighting corruption head-on.
Of note is that when Noa was recently qouted by the media, the anti-graft steward professed ignorance to any high profile cases of corruption, a step lower to how Geingob has been publicly tackling ‘big corruption cases’ that have continued to prey on the public purse.
It therefore goes without saying that, President Geingob has thus far led the charge against corruption in a manner that one would ignorantly think that the head of state and government has assumed the role of ACC executive director.
Since taking office in 2015, Geingob has declared war on corruption, making this undertaking a part of his flagship Harambee Prosperity Plan blueprint and investing a great deal of confidence in Noa and his team to supplement government efforts by effecting pertinent measures to rid the Namibian society from public sector crime.
To this day, Geingob has kept renewing this stance and this year has realigned the country’s 2018 theme -the Year of Reckoning – to that of the African Union in an accelerated bid to win the fight against corruption.
An action driven Geingob has also not sat on his laurels in his endeavour to save tax payers millions of dollars bled out by corrupt officials. He recently announced that he had written to a number of political heads, of some government ministries and offices, requesting them to respond to allegations of corruption levelled against them or their ministries.
To further illustrate the seriousness of the President to fight corruption, he named and shamed those ministries which have been at the centre of corruption allegations.
What is equally commendable on Geingob’s part is his willingness to effect changes at political level to arrest and address cases of alleged malpractice, coupled by incompetence.
In his short reign, Geingob has had to sometimes step-out of his executive duties to fight corruption head-on whilst the anti-graft body look on from the political terraces.
Geingob’s track record since taking over office two-and-a-half years ago, include the reversal of the Hosea Kutako International Airport tender award; the investigation into the inflated costs of the National Oil Storage Facility and Neckartal Dam projects and interventions to thwart the Namibia-Angola crude oil import scheme.
Non-interference in the on-going investigations in the avid Social Security case, the Offshore Development Company, the GIPF Development Capital Portfolio investigation, the Kora Awards and SME Bank, bring us to the conclusion that now, more than ever, we require more commitment from
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