DIRECTORATE ON CORRUPTION AND ECONOMIC OFFENCES (DCEO),
KINGDOM OF LESOTHO
COUNTRY REPORT TO THE 10TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN FORUM AGAINST CORRUPTION, MASERU, LESOTHO
21 – 27 OCTOBER, 2012
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
A MESSAGE OF APPRECIATION
The Kingdom of Lesotho wishes to acknowledge her honour and privilege for having been accorded the opportunity to host the 10th Annual General Meeting of the Southern African Forum Against Corruption (SAFAC AGM). All member countries are very warmly welcomed and we hope all delegates find the stay most fulfilling. Read More
Swaziland Country Report 2012.
The government and the Kingdom is committed to moving forward in the effort to curb or fight corruption as it is a signatory to three regional instruments on corruption such as the United nations Convention Against corruption (UNCAC). The conventions provide a strategic guidance on international and national anti-corruption approaches that could be adopted by countries. Swaziland recognized Article 5(1) of the UNCAC that which stipulates that “Each State Party, shall in accordance with the fundamental principles of its legal system, develop and implement or maintain effective, coordinated anti corruption policies that promote the participation of society and reflect the principles of rule of law, proper management of public affairs and public property, integrity, transparency, and accountability.
The good long term relationship between Swaziland and the United Nations Development Programme has seen Swaziland engaging the services of a consultant to draft a National Anti- Corruption Policy that is at its final stages now. The document is an outcome of extensive analysis of the corruption issue in Swaziland sourced from a wide consultation and views from stake holders in the public and private and civil society sectors including the media. The policy considers the fight against corruption in three sectors, the legal Frame work, Institutional Framework and The Social Framework
Mozambique Country Report 2012
Report to the SAFAC’s 2012 Annual General Meeting
Under the Law No. 14/2012, of February 8, the Anti-Corruption Bureau is an organ of the Public Ministry which has the functions of prevention and combat of crimes of corruption, embezzlement, illicit economic participation and related. It is headed by a director.
The institution is subordinated to the Chief Attorney General of the Republic and comprises in its organic structure the areas of prevention, investigation, prosecution and criminal action, a registry, as well as the administrative services.
At the provincial level there are three additional Provincial Anti-Corruption Bureaux in Nampula, Sofala and Inhambane, being the first with enlarged competences in the respective areas of jurisdition, which are the Center and the North for the first two, and the last with jurisdiction in the respective province.
The fight against corruption remains one of the major challenges for the whole Mozambican people and to the Government. In this field, we did very much and still to do.
By this way the Assembly of the Republic approved the 2010-2014 5-Year Programme of the Government of Mozambican, which includes and focusing on preventing and combating corruption. Read More
Namibia Country report 2012
Since January 2012 to September 2012, the time this report is prepared, the Commission has received 418 reports/complaints. Some of these reports are not really outright cases of corrupt practices as defined in the Act. They are either administrative matters which after preliminary investigations were carried out were referred to relevant authorities for appropriate action or they had no substance at all and were summarily closed. The genuine complaints that fall under the mandate of the Commission have been investigated and some are still under investigation. Investigating allegations of corrupt practices sometimes take a very long time especially when information is required from outside the country.
The Commission investigates all cases of alleged corrupt practices without fear or favour. Among cases submitted for prosecution are cases involving high profile officials. Even foreign nationals suspected of corrupt practices are not spared from investigation by the Commission. Read More
Mauritius Country Report 2012
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is established as a body corporate under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PoCA) 2002 to lead, implement and administer prevention, education and enforcement elements of the national strategy to fight corruption within the established parameters. It is now ten years since the ICAC was established. It is to be pointed out that a newly constituted Commission with new members appointed was established following amendments to the PoCA in 2005.
The Commission‘s mission is to make corruption socially and morally unacceptable through a culture of integrity, public intolerance against corruption, public confidence in the fight against corruption and effective law enforcement through a participatory approach with the community and stakeholders, including government and the press.
The new Commission started its mandate in May 2006 and speared no efforts in the establishment and structuring of the institution, addressing constraints and setting priorities to effectively fight corruption at all fonts.
The management style and strategic direction adopted by the new Commission has brought a marked improvement and contributed significantly in increasing the success rate of prosecuting Corruption and Money Laundering offences.
On the education and prevention mandate, the Board opted for a sectoral approach and an impact oriented strategy with focus on integrity of systems and people. The strategies used by the Division have evolved over the years in order to meet public expectations as well as to create greater impact. Focus is being laid upon:
- Integrating anti-corruption structures in the public sector;
- Building anti-corruption competencies through a programme-based approach;
- Triggering analysis and reflection amongst youth on corruption issues;
- Conducting mass media campaigns to reach larger population
After six years at the head of the Commission, I can safely say that the fight against corruption in Mauritius has witnessed tremendous progress. Read More