CONAC Bemoans Depletion In Anti-Corruption Implementation Plan As Gov’t Loses About FCFA 11Bn
The National Anti-corruption Commission, CONAC, has execrated the very low implementation rate of the Regional Anti-Corruption Action Plans which has been varying between 25.91% and 36.71 since the year of its first implementation in 2012 leading to financial losses from government coffers.
The information is contained in Cameroon’s 2019 Anti-Corruption Status Report, published Thursday December 17, in Yaounde. Being the 10th of its kind, the report presents both public, private and parastatal sectors and administrations and regions wherein the scourge of corruption still stands still.
The anti-corruption report provides damages caused and uncovered by the inquiry commission for last year. “For the year 2019, the damages assessed by the National Anti-corruption Commission at the end of the Missions of Inquiry, Control and Investigation on the field amount to the sum of 10,270,732,750 (ten billion two hundred and seventy million seven hundred and thirty-two thousand seven hundred and fifty.”
“On the whole, we deplore the constantly low implementation rate of Regional Anti-Corruption Action Plans. Indeed, this rate has been varying between 25.91% and 36.71, from 2012, the year of their first implementation,” lamented Dieudonne Massi Gams, Chairman of the National Anti-corruption Commission.
In its 2019 report on corruption in Cameroon, the commission presented an analysis of 4,482 calls issued by users to denounce corruption practices, out of 17, 350 calls recorded. Thus, most of these recorded came from the Centre and Littoral regions respectively. CONAC’s evaluation ranked the North region first and Adamawa last with an anti-corruption implementation rate of 51.28% and 27.68% respectively.
Also, that the Ministry of Finance and its institutions are the most corrupt. Indeed, the general treasury’s users report the requirement of kickbacks for payments, otherwise known as percentages, while for the tax directorate, the report bewails fanciful taxes. As for the customs directorate, the report denounces the clearing processes and agents’ corrupt practices.
With the Ministry of land affairs, users reported various corrupt practices in processing administrative files including pension applications. In addition, some users claimed that lands are sold to two persons or bribes are paid to municipal officials for the establishment of land certificates. However, the report also denounces law enforcement agencies and transport operators as well as utility companies.
Likewise, administrations have been ranked by the following the number of calls recorded by its agents. The Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Land Affairs, Police and Gendarmerie, councils, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Secondary Education, Ministry of public health, Ministry of Wildlife, Ministry of Social Affairs while others include the Ministries of Higher Education and Culture, ENEO, and Camwater.
Two missions were deployed as a means to further investigations with regard to the payment of court dues at the Douala and Nkongsamba General Treasury and as well as the payment of compensation benefits to former workers of the Cameroon Shipyard and Industrial Engineering Ltd, CNIC. Result from the inquiry revealed that, the Cameroon has suffered a financial loss FCFA 10,270, 732,750 as a result of irregularities observed by the said missions.
However, the anti-corruption commission begged for an extension throughout the National territory, with the creation of regional bureaus so as to enhance the degree of denonciations, thereby heightening the fight against corruption in Cameroon. “Similarly, we recommend that all stakeholders in the fight against corruption should be provided with the necessary resources for a more effective solution to the ever-increasing demands imposed on them by corruption victims,” the commission stressed.
Created via a decree issued in 2006, CONAC helps fight corruption in Cameroon. The institution indicates that within 10 years of operation, it helped save XAF1,652 billion adding that the performances would have been higher if it had coercive force.