.. as net falls over more corruption accused police officers
By Staff Reporter
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Namibia has said that on 18 October 2019, they arrested Sergeant Fillemon Garuseb, a Police Officer stationed at Katutura Police Station on corruption charges.
It is alleged that Sergeant Garuseb, solicited a bribe of N$ 4000.00 from a truck driver after inspecting his truck at the Rehoboth roadblock and detected that the Licence Disc and the Operation Disc displayed on the wind screen of the truck appears to be counterfeited.
Following the report to the Commission, a sting operation was organized and Sergeant Garuseb, 31 years old was arrested after he received the Four Thousand Namibian Dollars (N$4000).
Sergeant Garuseb appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate Court on Monday, 21 October 2019. He was denied bail and his case was postponed to 19 November 2019, for further investigation and legal representation.
The accused Police Officer is having a similar case pending against him in which he was charged for contravening section 43(1) read with sections 46, 49 and 51 of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2003 (Act No. 8 of 2003) after he received a bribe of one thousand Namibian dollars (N$ 1000.00) while executed his duties at the same roadblock.
This matter has been remanded to 26 November 2019 for plea and trial. The current offence was committed while the accused was on bail of two thousand Namibian dollars (N$ 2 000.00).
The Anti-Corruption Commission has also previously announced that they arrested a Walvis Bay Traffic Department Admin Officer, Andreas Eichab on charges of corruption.
It is alleged that Eichab, solicited a bribe of N$1500.00 from a member of the public in connection with a motor vehicle accident in which he was involved with another vehicle on 24 September 2019.
Reports are that Eichab asked a member of the public to pay him money to avoid disqualification of his licence disc.
The ACC said that the Licence disc was removed from his vehicle by the Traffic Officer who attended the accident scene.
Further allegations are that the two then agreed to an amount of N$1 500.
The ACC said by law if the vehicle is fixed within 14 days, the Licence disk can be released by paying an amount of N$ 30.00.
Following the reports to the Commission, a sting operation was organized during which the 42 year old was arrested after he received the one thousand five hundred Namibian dollars (N$ 1500.00).
Eichab appeared in the Walvisbay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 01 October 2019.
He is out on bail of N$5000 and his case was postponed to 04 November 2019 for further investigation.
He was charged with contravening section 33 (a) and (b) of the Anti-Corruption Act, Act No 8 of 2003 (offense of corruptly soliciting gratification).
Meanwhile, the Walvisbay Magistrate Court sentenced Detective Sergeant Immanuel Shitaleni, a Police Officer for a period of 24 months imprisonment on a charge of corruptly using his office or position for gratification.
Detective Sargent Immanuel Shitaleni was arrested on 13 February 2017 in Walvis Bay and appeared in the Walvis Bay Magistrate court on 14 February 2017.
He was charged with corruptly soliciting and agreeing to accept a gratification in the amount of N$5000.00 in exchange to get rid of a docket for which he was assigned as an investigating officer.
He was arrested during a sting operation conducted by the Anti-Corruption Commission officials.
The ACC said the docket that Detective Sargent Shitaleni was to get rid of was a fraud case involving an amount of N$361, 243.58.
About 12 police officers have been convicted of corruption related offences in the past 11 years, with sentences ranging from paying fines, suspended sentences and imprisonments.
ACC steps up
Meanwhile, the ACC has set up n integrity committee to fight administrative corruption within ministries. The Anti-Corruption Commission has also finally established an Integrity Committee which has been tasked with the work of promoting ethics within ministries as well as hold people accountable in cases of administrative corruption.
Noa highlighted the functions of the integrity committee a major part of them being an extension of the ACC.
The committee does not have a budgetary commitment and the ACC Director General Paulus Nao said ministries from which the committee members were drawn will have to contribute.
“Things that are happening within your ministries, your offices and agencies are done according to laws and procedures. We don’t want to hear any wrong doing. Newspapers reporting that a certain ministry has awarded a certain tender to a certain company without following procedure. The question will be, what are the members of the integrity committee doing? Are they not doing in-service training within their ministries to make sure that these things are things of the past.
You are the ground soldiers and you are going to have that responsibility to make sure that we play by the rules, to play by the procedure, like the executive director said that gone are the days when we as the Anti-Corruption Commission must just waste resources on simple things that could have been resolved at a ministerial level.
But because the official who is supposed to take the responsibility and take some measures seems to be folding their arms and put their hands down contrary to what they promised when they were given the positions to supervise others, they do nothing they don now what to have their hands dirty by demanding accountability from their subordinates. Instead they want the ACC to pursue these pure administrative issues,” said Noa.
Noa urged the committee to deliver a good job out of its mandate even if it means making use of limited resources.
Meanwhile, Namibia remains one of the least corrupt countries in Africa, Transparency International (TI)’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) of 2017 says.
A media release issued by the Namibian graft watchdog, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) stated that Namibia is ranked 53rd out of 180 countries globally, and 5th on the African continent with a score of 51 out of 100.