Botswana: Corruption Obstacle to Development – DPs

| July 4, 2016

Deputy permanent secretary-corporate services at the Office of the President, Ms Boikhutso Botlhole says corruption still remains a major obstacle to achieving the much needed growth and development in most countries.

Ms Botlhole said this at the corruption prevention workshop for Corruption Prevention Committees (CPCs) held at the Mass Media Complex recently.

"The resources usually required to improve the wellbeing of the nation and its people are diverted into pockets of a few corrupt individuals, for their own personal gain. Citizens have to bribe public officials to get the services they are supposed to get for free or at lower cost," she said.

Thus, she cautioned officers that corrupt activities were a threat to sustainability and reputation of any business.

"As the Ministry of State President, we have zero tolerance approach to corruption and we constantly strive to improve our fight against it. Our policy is to conduct all business transactions with honesty and integrity," she stated.

In 2014, she said the ministry developed an anti-corruption policy, which she added reiterated its position of zero tolerance for corruption.

Ms Botlhole said it was important for citizens to know that the responsibility of preventing and fighting corruption was not exclusive to government.

"As we are all aware, among the President's main commitments is the fight against corruption and I call all of us today to fully support government in its endeavour to fight corruption. As members of the corruption prevention committees you are an effective partner in the ministry's pledge," she said.

Giving an overview on the CPCs, anti-corruption officer at the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime, Mr Thebe Itumeleng said committees had the responsibility to combat corruption, foster and maintain non-tolerance to corrupt beliefs and practices.

Mr Itumeleng said DCEC was mandated to promote anti-corruption culture in ministerial operations .The workshop was aimed at capacitating CPCs members from various government departments.

Source: Botswana Daily News


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