None Too Small for ACC

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By Surihe Gaomas WINDHOEK It seems no one is going to be spared the claws of the Anti-Corruption Commission, no matter how big or small their corruption cases might be. The latest statistic of the ACC is a 25-year-old woman who was arrested for theft of N$83,80 (eighty-three dollars and eighty cents). According to the docket, the accused unlawfully took N$81 at one time and then followed up with another illicit withdrawal of a meagre N$2,80. The accused who worked in the Deeds Registry Office in Windhoek was arrested last week Friday after it was established she stole office funds. She appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday this week and was set free on a bail of N$200. However, according to the Anti-Corruption Commission, investigations are still in their early stages. “We are still continuing with the investigation and the case docket has been handed over to the police,” said Detective Inspector Phelem Masule of the ACC. The reason why it was handed over to the police is that it was not entirely a corruption case, but was uncovered through alleged corruption practices. “People must stop abusing government resources and we are relying on the public to investigate such a cases,” added Masule. The case was postponed to September 25 for further investigations. In a recent interview ACC Director Paulus Noa said that corruption is like a cancer that starts small and later becomes harder to deal with. Previously, the corruption-busting agency carried out two separate arrests against a secretary at the People’s Primary School and an employee in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry’s Rural Water Supply Directorate. School secretary Prisca Auchas and government employee Toivo Munenguni were apprehended recently on charges of fraud, theft and forgery.