A think tank has criticised Namibian government procurement as “not always based on transparency, competition and objective criteria”.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said the government needed to “close anti-corruption gaps” to bring it into line with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).
The IPPR said it had identified a number of areas where there were “weaknesses” in terms of compliance with UNCAC, to which the government is a signatory, including a lack of laws covering whistleblowing, declaration of assets by public servants and access to information; and transparency over finances.
“Namibia’s public procurement decision-making is not always based on transparency, competition and objective criteria,” said the IPPR.
Meanwhile, the Public Procurement Bill, intended to overhaul government procurement processes, has been withdrawn from parliament “until further notice” following criticism from parliamentarians, the state-owned newspaper New Era reported.
The Namibian government’s Anti-Corruption Commission did not respond to SM’s request for comment.