Botswana Least Corrupt Country in Africa – Seretse

| May 26, 2015

Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) director general, Ms Rose Seretse has said her organisation has over the years become more efficient judging by the international rankings and the conviction rate of cases.

Speaking before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Thursday, May 21, Ms Seretse said Botswana had been ranked the least corrupt country in Africa and amongst the least in the world.

She further said they had a conviction rate of 70 per cent in the cases brought before courts. Ms Seretse said her organisation last year had hosted seven agencies that had come to benchmark and Botswana hosts the Commonwealth Anti -corruption Centre.

She said international agencies have been attracted by the DCEC’s three pronged strategy against corruption which included corruption prevention, public education and investigation.

She explained that they have set up anti-corruption units in problematic ministries and established corruption prevention committees as well as anti-corruption clubs in Mahalapye, Moshupa, Thamaga and some secondary schools.

Ms Seretse said her organisation also has been effective as it has now handled high profile cases involving huge amounts of money and important people in society.

Previously the organisation was criticized for only investigating minor cases, or ‘small fish’ in public lingo but the organisation has embarked on high profile cases.

She said cases have become more complex and sophisticated hence they work as teams and task force.

The DCEC Director General further said it has become difficult for them to trace foreigners who skip the country and are unable to stand trial.

She also said they do not categorise between high and low profile cases as they might lose their focus and deal with only cases that are perceived to be important.

PAC Member and Selebi-Phikwe West, MP Dithapelo Keorapetse said previously the DCEC was castigated for only investigating minor cases but was impressed since they have spread their net further.

However, he said the DCEC has not highlighted challenges they face which might be assumed everything was okay at the organisation.

Ms Seretse said they have challenges such as lack of experienced staff saying majority of them are fresh from university hence they have established a training and development division and are assisted by international experts.

Another is the coverage as they only have three offices nationwide but plan to establish a public education unit in Mahalapye.

She said while their budget has been increasing steadily over the years, it still falls short from the required amount.

Ms Seretse also said they have a good cordial relationship with other law enforcement agencies such as the police and Directorate of Intelligent and Security Services (DISS) and they share information and cases.

Talking about the media, she said it was imperative that cases under investigation do not get into public as suspects are alerted and in the process are able to destroy crucial evidence.

She however said she would like the media and her organisation to work together.

Tati East MP and PAC member Samson Guma Moyo asked the DCEC Directorate if she did not consider it important to have a law calling for declaration of assets and insider trading to avoid issues of conflict of interest and corruption.

Ms Seretse said the Declaration of Assets Bill was currently being drafted at the Attorney General’s Chambers to which MP Moyo said it would be ideal if the law against insider trading was in place for cross reference purposes.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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