Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)

ACC to investigate Parliament fraud

ACC to investigate Parliament fraud

The Director General of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Paulus Noa, has confirmed that the state agency will initiate an investigation into allegations that more than N$1.2 million was stolen from the National Assembly. “Taking into consideration the magnitude of the allegations as circulating on the social media and also in the print media, ACC will initiate preliminary investigation into the allegations,” Noa said. According to a media statement issued by the National Assembly (NA) on Saturday, two National Assembly officials have resigned and one discharged from their jobs after they allegedly stole more than N$1.2 million. The National Assembly admission…
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338 Fishrot witnesses will not prolong trial

338 Fishrot witnesses will not prolong trial

Eba Kandovazu THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lead investigator in the fishrot corruption saga, Andreas Kanyangela today said that a total 338 state witnesses will testify, but only less than 20 will take longer to testify in the witness dock. Kanyangela said that the majority of the witnesses will not take much of the trial, as they will mainly testify about the services they rendered and the amounts they received from the suspects. Former Fisheries Minister Bernard Esau, former Justice Minister Sakeus Shanghala, former Managing Director of Investec Asset Management James Hatuikulipi, former Fishcor Chief Executive Officer Mike Nghipunya, Ricardo Gustavo,…
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Katjavivi calls for reinforcement of ACC-Parliament collaboration

Katjavivi calls for reinforcement of ACC-Parliament collaboration

Tujoromajo Kasuto The Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, says the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is mandated by its enabling legislation to table its reports in the National Assembly, hence the interest relating to the work of the Anti-Corruption Commission. He says to fight corruption efficiently and effectively, there needs continuous promotion of a national culture of transparency. “It is therefore imperative that we continue to strengthen the relationship between ACC and the oversight body, such as Parliament through its various Parliamentary Standing Committees,” he adds. Katjavivi notes that “the fight against corruption is not solely the responsibility of ACC…
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Opposition parties to challenge Noa re-appointment

Opposition parties to challenge Noa re-appointment

Andrew Kathindi Opposition parties in the National Assembly will oppose a decision by this chambers to re-appoint Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director General, Paulus Noa, and his second in charge, Deputy Director General, Erna van der Merwe, Windhoek Observer can reveal. This was confirmed by Popular Democratic Movement Leader, McHenry Venaani, following a special session of the National Assembly today which approved President Hage Geingob’s nominations of Noa and van der Merwe. “All the opposition [parties] together have just taken a decision that we are approaching the court on an urgent basis to nullify that decision,” Venaani tells Windhoek Observer. Noa…
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ACC’s boss, Parliament debate on hold . . . following chaos in August House

ACC’s boss, Parliament debate on hold . . . following chaos in August House

Andrew Kathindi The debate on the re-appointment of Director–General of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Paulus Noa, is indefinitely on hold after Parliament descended into chaos. Swapo’s Party’s Chief Whip, Hambyuka, Hamunyela, proposed an “end” to the debate after nearly two hours into the debate. “I move in terms of rule 106 A of the standing rules and order that the question be now put to the speaker to close the debate.” The motion, which the Speaker tried to correct as not a motion, was not received well by the members of the Nati0nal Assembly with Speaker of Peter Katjavivi, stating…
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PDM to oppose Noa’s re-appointment

PDM to oppose Noa’s re-appointment

Andrew Kathindi The Leader of the official opposition, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), McHenry Venaani says his party will reject the nomination of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director General, Paulus Noa, when the matter is brought for debate tomorrow, 28 July. Prime Minister, Saara Kugongelwa, on Tuesday afternoon confirmed to the National Assembly, which met for a special session after it has been on an indefinite break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that Noa and his second in charge, Erna van der Merwe, have been nominated by President Hage Geingob. “We are going to vehemently argue against the reappointment of Noa. He…
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ACC not investigating Defence Ministry

ACC not investigating Defence Ministry

Maria Hamutenya and Andrew Kathindi The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has said its not investigating any allegations of corruption at the Defence Ministry, including allegations of a shady N$10 million hand sanitizer deal, as no one has come forth with information. Windhoek Mayor Job Amupanda has raised various corruption allegations against Minister of Defence, Peter Vilho, including his alleged approval of a tender to supply the ministry with hand sanitiser worth N$10 million. ACC’s Director General, Paulus Noa, told Windhoek Observer that his office has not looked into the case. “We are not aware of any allegations made towards the Minister…
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ACC chief investigator loses Prime Minister appeal

ACC chief investigator loses Prime Minister appeal

Staff Writer The High Court, on Monday 28 September, dismissed a case by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)’s Chief of Investigation Phelem Masule who had sought to overturn Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila’s decision to remove him from his position. The Prime Minister, earlier last month, removed Masule from his role as the Chief of Investigation a mere week after he received the promotion, citing “irregularities” in his appointment. Masule, who replaced Nelius Becker who is now with the Namibian Police, last month approached the High Court to hear his case against the Prime Minister. When contacted for comment, ACC boss Paulus…
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Al Jazeera evidence inadmissible – Noa

Al Jazeera evidence inadmissible – Noa

Staff Writer The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says information revealed in the much touted Al Jazeera documentary, which publicly exposed the Fishrot scandal is inadmissible and warned that the body will not succumb to political pressure on how it handles its investigations. The ACC’s statements, comes after Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani called out the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in a letter, accusing the corruption busting agency of selective investigations and prosecutions of high profile individuals who have alleged links to the Fishrot saga. “ACC cannot receive instructions from members of the public regarding the arrest of any suspect of…
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Govt still to act on De Klerk extradition

Govt still to act on De Klerk extradition

Staff Writer Despite numerous announcements by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), the Windhoek Observer can reveal that no action has been taken with regards to extraditing accused Fishrot connected lawyer, Marén de Klerk from South Africa. De Klerk left the country in January after being questioned by the ACC and never returned. He is wanted by the authorities to answer questions about his alleged role in the Fishrot scandal. It is alleged De Klerk may have syphoned funds to the tune of N$50 million from the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) through the trust account of his law firm, De…
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