Botswana: Statement By DCEC On Recent Investigations Into BMC

| April 22, 2016

Gaborone - With reference to the above, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) finds it necessary to refute as false allegations that it failed to carry out an investigation into alleged corrupt practices at the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC).

In this respect we note that on page 3 in the latest, 20 April 2016, edition of The Gazette Newspaper under the heading 'Public coffers will be empty when BDP leaves,' it is reported that Nasha also argued the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) could have been saved if government had adopted a Parliament report which contained recommendations on how to save the commission.

"She said however that because the report revealed extensive corruption, recommendations were ignored and the DCEC did not investigate anyone."

While we do not wish to be drawn into matters of partisan politics, we can affirm for the public record that in 2012 the DCEC did in fact carry out investigations into allegations of corruption at the BMC.

We can further confirm that the investigations resulted in our submitting a docket to the then Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on the 12th June 2012.

Further to the above, it may be noted that the DPP at the time subsequently wrote to the responsible minister informing him that in their view, the matters raised in the DCEC docket with respect to the BMC could not be prosecuted due to the parallel investigations that had by then been carried out by Parliament.

The DPP observed that such "criminal cases investigated by Parliament either in part or in whole are not prosecutable as such investigation and the resultant collective evidence is tainted with illegality..." We trust that the above facts bring greater clarity to the matter.

SOURCE: Botswana Daily News.

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