RE-INTRODUCTION OF CLEARANCE BY THE ANTI-CORRUPTION BUREAU.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) wishes to inform members of the public that with effect from today, the 26th day of June, 2020, all applications for change of ownership of motor vehicles, houses and land, will be submitted to ACB for vetting and clearance, before any change or ownership is effected.
Members of the public may recall that on 5th day of February, 2018, the ACB communicated to the public about the discontinuation of the vetting and clearance process, but indicated that should need arise, the ACB will re-introduce the process.
The ACB therefore wishes to inform members of the public that a need has arisen that has necessitated the ACB to re-introduce the vetting and clearance process. The decision to re-introduce the process has been made in accordance with section 10(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act, with the aim of preventing the disposal or concealment of proceeds of crime.
The ACB further wishes to inform members of the public that a formal communication on the re-introduction of the vetting and clearance process for applications for change of ownership of motor vehicles, houses and land, has been made to all the respective and relevant public institutions that deal with or process these types of applications.
The ACB wishes to reiterate that it will do everything within its power to conduct the vetting and clearance process within seventy-two (72) hours after receipt of a submission, to ensure that service delivery to members of the public is not interrupted.
The ACB has further appealed to the heads or controlling officers of all public institutions that deal with or process these types of applications to equally ensure that their officers are not creating unnecessary bottlenecks or hurdles to frustrate the vetting and clearance process, or take advantage of the processes to demand money or other favors from applicants, or indeed to indulge in any form of corrupt practices, as that will NOT be tolerated by the ACB.
In this regard, the ACB equally appeals to members of the public to desist from offering money or other favours to the concerned public officers in order to by-pass or frustrate the vetting and clearance process by ACB, and indeed to resist and reject any form of corruption and to report to the ACB any public officer or other person who demands money or other favours from them in relation to any application for change of ownership of motor vehicles, houses or land.
Let us hold hands in fighting corruption by resisting, rejecting and reporting corruption to the ACB.
(26th June 2020)