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Redefining corruption

By unknown | Mar 02, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Simon Nare

Simon Nare

Prevention, enforcement, monitoring and evaluation are mechanisms needed to fight the corruption crippling Africa and leaving the poor poorer.

This was the consensus on the second day of the Africa Forum on Anti-Corruption held at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, outside Johannesburg, yesterday.

Government ministers, parliamentarians, anti-corruption agencies, civil society, regional economic communities and former African heads of state were among the delegates.

One of the key issues addressed was the redefinition of corruption.

The forum, Towards a Common Understanding of Corruption, which started on Tuesday, ends today when the 300 delegates attending will adopt a declaration on the fight against corruption.

Akere Muna, vice-chairman of the international board of directors of Transparency International, told delegates there were still problems with monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

But he said each country would need to have its own version of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

He agreed that these mechanisms had been in existence for some time and needed to be activated. Some suggested that developing countries needed a different approach in the fight against corruption.

There was a need to train the police, magistrates, judges and immigration officials.

"If the agencies are not properly trained, we can't achieve anything," said Muna.

He said banking institutions also needed to cooperate with enforcement agencies. The Swiss Bank came under fire from delegates, who accused it of accepting large sums of money from African leaders.

"Most times we never hear of these millions in their accounts until a president is no longer in office or is dead," said Muna.

"We are wasting our time by talking sophisticated policies. We know what corruption is doing to our country.

"We should take responsibility," he said.

African countries were also criticised for rushing to sign the United Nations anti-corruption declaration, but hesitant to sign the African Union one.

The two declarations differ in their definition of corruption.

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa, one of the delegates, said: "We should push this forum to a point where the UN and AU will adopt a resolution to the effect that an extradition treaty is signed by all members of the organisations.

"Look at the arms deal. Those who bribed South Africans have since fled the country. The French government doesn't want to cooperate.

"So foreigners come here, bribe us and run," he said.


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