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Local Political Analyst Ndumba Kamwanya Calls for Reform, Not Dismantlement, of Namibia’s Anti-Corruption Commission

todayFebruary 2, 2024 8

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In a recent audio interview addressing concerns about corruption and the effectiveness of the Anti-Corruption Commission in Namibia, Ndumba Kamwanya weighed in on the necessity of reforming the institution rather than dismantling it.

A Need for Improvement, Not Dismantlement

Responding to questions, Kamwanya emphasized that dismantling the ACC is not the solution to the challenges faced in combating corruption. Instead, he underscored the importance of improving the ACC to ensure it fulfills its mandate effectively.

Focus on Implementation and Management

According to Kamwanya, the core issue lies not with the institution itself but with the implementation of the ACC’s mandate. He raised concerns about whether the right individuals, particularly at the management level, are in place. Additionally, he highlighted the importance of assessing the skills, knowledge, and competencies of the personnel within the ACC.

“The problem is not the institution. The problem is the implementation of what needs to be done,” Kamwanya stated, emphasizing that addressing these aspects is crucial for enhancing the ACC’s performance.

Reforming Policies and Empowering the Institution

Kamwanya suggested that the focus should be on reforming policies to empower the ACC, ensuring it has the necessary tools and capabilities to fulfill its anti-corruption mission. By making strategic improvements, such as refining policies and addressing staffing concerns, the ACC can be better positioned to combat corruption effectively.

Advocating for Reform and Improvement

In his closing remarks, Kamwanya expressed a clear stance against dismantling the ACC, advocating instead for a path of reform and continuous improvement. He highlighted the importance of evolving the institution to meet the challenges of combating corruption in Namibia.

“Dismantling it, I say no. Reforming it, improving it, making it better and better, that I go for it,” concluded Kamwanya.

A Call for Collective Efforts Against Corruption

Ndumba Kamwanya’s perspective emphasizes the need for a comprehensive approach to addressing corruption in Namibia. His call for reform and improvement underscores the importance of strengthening existing institutions and processes to better combat corruption, ultimately contributing to a more transparent and accountable governance system.

Written by: Leonard Witbeen

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