Government Envisions Crime Free Nation

| April 13, 2015

The Attorney General, Dr Athaliah Molokomme, says government remains committed to preventing and combating crime especially from a human security point of view.

Speaking at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Botswana Chapter launch organised by ACFE South Africa Chapter recently, Dr Molokomme said fighting fraud, white collar crime and corruption in particular was a major policy concern, since it contributed positively to economic development.

“We have a comprehensive Penal Code that criminalises fraud and its related offences, and many prosecutions have been conducted successfully over the years,” she said. Dr Molokomme said fraud was still one of the problematic crimes that Botswana was facing and remained prevalent in the criminal justice system therefore the need to combat it.

She added that in all crimes that were prosecuted in Botswana including corruption, some form of fraud was implicated in the commission of such crimes.

“Fraud as part of transnational organised crimes, dealing with transnational organised crimes, corruption and terrorism, not to mention financial or economic crime and cyber-crimes, present some complex and pressing challenges to criminal justice system all around the world,” said Dr Molokomme.

She highlighted that although Botswana’s high international rating on preventing and fighting corruption was common knowledge, her office was by no means lulled into complacency by such rating, saying “doing so would put us at risk of slipping back and inaertently allowing this cancer to spread from the small pockets that exist, to the rest of the economy and society.”

Dr Molokomme added that governments must create an environment where the rule of law formed the basis for all activity.

She also indicated that there must be investment in development programmes to which all citizens had access, while education and health in particular, must receive priority.

“In such an environment where citizens have opportunities to participate, corruption has a lesser chance to take root and spread where transparency and effective institutions are in existence, corruption will find it difficult to thrive,” she said.

Nevertheless, she said Botswana had made some modest strides in strengthening the anti-corruption agenda, citing the enactment of the Corruption and Economic Crime Act of 1994 [Cap 08:05], recently amended in 2013

Again, she noted that in Botswana, it had been evident that engaging with the private sector was critical in the fight against corruption.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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