WINDHOEK, 08 MAY – Close to United States dollars 50 billion leave Africa annually through corruption, hampering the socio-economic development of the continent, according to Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.
Mahamat said this in a meeting with President Hage Geingob on Tuesday, adding that for this reason, among others, African heads of state have now proposed for a tougher fight against corruption.
“Corruption implies an issue of behaviour, meaning if political leaders behave a certain way which repels corruption, the country will end up corruption-free. So, we have to behave a certain way in order to curb and fight corruption on our continent,” Mahamat urged.
He called on African leaders to be accountable to public opinion and voters, adapt a policy of good governance as well as a strong constitution, while dealing with all the wrongdoings in their countries.
Mahamat and Geingob, during a closed-door session, discussed other priorities, including continental integration, peace and security and AU institutional reforms.
During his three-day official visit to Namibia, the chairperson also paid a courtesy call on former President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
Mahamat is expected to leave the country on Wednesday after a private lunch with Geingob.