DCEC Official Cautions Dikgosi

| January 30, 2015

Dikgosi have been cautioned against promoting corrupt behaviour.

Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) principal anti-corruption officer, Mr Kenneth Osupile, sounded the warning when addressing Members of Ntlo ya Dikgosi on January 28.

Mr Osupile said the fact that dikgosi had a role in fighting corruption in society meant that they were role models, counselors and father figures, who should instill moral standards in their communities and society at large.

He said the Corruption and Economic Crime Act had been amended to strengthen the anti-corruption legislation to fight corruption related offences given the loopholes in old act and increasing sophistication of corruption.

The act was further amended to address changes in operational processes as well as the environment, he added. Furthermore, Mr Osupile noted that corruption could be prevented if DCEC and traditional leaders acted in unison to educate society and guard against its evils.

“The fight against corruption can only be won with concerted efforts by all, and Dikgosi should be custodians of government resources as well,” he said. Mr Osupile said Dikgosi were being coopted because they commanded great authority and respect within society.

“The kgotla commands a large audience which can be used to disseminate anti-corruption messages, and Dikgosi’s support is also essential for the implementation of initiatives and interventions,” he noted.

When responding to Kgosi Masunga’s question on why it seemed that corruption was rife in the upper class of society yet the law was lenient, whereas it was the opposite with the lower classes of society, Mr Osupeng highlighted that they investigated all cases of alleged corruption, irrespective of who the offender was, and without fear or favour.

He further stated that corrupt practices that were detected were effectively dealt with in accordance with the DCEC Act. He said all corruption was bad hence all law breakers should be brought to book.

Kgosi Moalosi said issues of corruption should be inclusive and be taught not only to the older generation but also be incorporated in school syllabuses for children to learn.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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