WINDHOEK-- Close to 50 billion US dollars leave Africa annually through corruption, hampering the socio-economic development of the continent, says the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

Speaking during a meeting with Namibian President Hage Geingob here Tuesday, he added that for this reason, among others, African heads of state have now proposed 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 stressed.

He called on African leaders to be accountable to public opinion and voters, adapt a policy of good governance as well as a strong national 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.


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