Ministries of Local Government and Health top corruption allegations

  • July 12th, 2022 - 1 min, 39 secs read

Ministries of Local Government and Health top corruption allegations

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and the Ministry responsible for Health are leading in recorded corruption allegations. 

 

Speaking today in Francistown during the Anti-Corruption day, the Acting Director of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tshepo Pilane said they received 77 corruption allegations since 2020 mostly recorded in the MLGRD followed by the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW). 

 

“Other sporadic allegations were spread across various ministries. As at 30th June 2022, the Directorate classified 33 cases for investigation.

 

“A further 33 of these COVID- 19 corruption allegations were classified as maladministration matters and referred to relevant Ministries and Independent Departments, including Parastatals for investigations.  

 

“The remaining 11 allegations were processed accordingly to our stakeholder, Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), some were advice to sources, whilst the remaining are being developed further within the Directorate for intelligence purposes,” Pilane stated.  

 

To address corruption and related crimes, which are transnational in nature and continue to drain! resources out of the country, Pilane said that the Government of Botswana has entered into a number of inter-government collaborative arrangements with countries such as Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Rwanda which have resulted in Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between anti-corruption authorities. 

 

For his part the Assistant Minister for State President Dumezweni Mthimkhulu said that going forward there is need to formulate robust, intelligent and relevant policies as well as developing legal pathways to root out corruption in the African continent. 

 

“Corruption has the tendency of becoming a crime of cross border character where criminals will commit crime in one country and proceed to hide in another where they will quietly enjoy the fruits of their criminal career.

 

“Investigating such matters can be difficult and often painstaking if the concerned countries don’t have a mutual working relationship in place. 

 

“Such investigations eventually become stale and lose credibility in the long run. 

 

“It is on this premise that we look forward to a healthy relationship with our counterparts to push corruption beyond our borders,” Mthimkhulu emphasized. 

 

 

 

 

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