Namibia Marks 20th Anniversary of International Anti-Corruption Day

Namibia – President Hage Geingob has recognized the 20th anniversary of International Anti-Corruption Day as a crucial milestone in the global fight against corruption. In a press statement released by the Namibian Presidency, Geingob emphasized the detrimental impact of corruption, particularly on the poor, and reiterated Namibia’s commitment to creating a corruption-free nation.

According to Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA), President Geingob acknowledged the vital role of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Namibia’s battle against corruption. The ACC’s formation and its operational independence signify the government’s zero-tolerance stance on corrupt activities. Geingob highlighted the importance of the second National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan 2021-2025, which outlines a comprehensive approach to combating corruption. This plan focuses on five strategic pillars: prevention, public education, law enforcement, deterrence, and harmonization, reflecting Namibia’s dedication to maintaining integrity, transparency, and accountability in all sectors.

President Geingob also pointed to the legal framework supporting anti-corruption efforts, citing significant legislation such as the Anti-Corruption Act 8 of 2003, the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 29 of 2004, the Financial Intelligence Act 13 of 2012, and the Whistleblower Protection Act 10 of 2017. These laws fortify the government’s resolve to eradicate corruption.

International Anti-Corruption Day serves as an annual reminder of the harmful effects of corruption on societies and economies globally. Observed on December 9th, the day marks the adoption of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in 2003, a key moment in the international effort to combat corruption.

The 2023 International Anti-Corruption Day was observed under the theme “UNCAC at 20: Uniting the World against Corruption,” underscoring the collective global commitment to this crucial issue.