a presentation delivered at c5's forum on anti-corruption

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BY Mrs Rose Nunu Seretse
Director- Directorate On Corruption and
Economic Crime - Botswana
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The following are corruption prone areas in Botswana:
Procurement/Purchasing/award of tenders
Land allocation
Driving licences, Road permits
Student sponsorship
Residence and Work Permits
Recruitment
Conflict of Interest
Fraud
Culture of giving gifts
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The assessment centre receives allegations
of corruption and economic crime. After
receiving allegations, the unit conducts
preliminary inquiries on reported matters.
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Being cognisant of the adage; “ prevention is
better than cure”, the DCEC established CPCs
in government ministries and departments.
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Some of the studies conducted so far include:
Department Of Road Transport and SafetyIssuance of drivers licences
Department of Immigration and Citizenshipissuance of passport
University of Botswana- Procurement
Botswana Power Corporation - Recruitment
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Anti Corruption Units have been formed in
Ministries that were found to be problematic
on issues of corruption. These include:
Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and
Technology
Ministry of Finance and Development
Planning
Ministry of Education and Skills Development
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The DCEC in collaboration with the private
sector has developed a Code of Conduct for
the Private Sector.
A new association is been formed called
Business Action Against Corruption which will
be private sector driven and one of its
mandate will to be spearhead the
implementation of the Code of Conduct.
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The Public Education division infused anticorruption concepts into the formal school
curriculum in 2010.
Consultations are ongoing to do the same
with training institutions such as the
Botswana Police Service, Prisons Department
and the Public Service College.
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Low implementation of recommendations coming
out of corruption prevention assignment studies
Low response to matters referred to other
institutions by the DCEC
Lack of skills in some investigators
High Public Perception of corruption
Slow disposal of cases in the criminal justice
system
Failure to take responsibility and accountability
by some Heads of Organizations
Members of CPCs and ACUs are regarded as
spies of the DCEC.
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Political Will – the fight against corruption in
Botswana is not the responsibility of the DCEC
alone. His Excellency the President of Botswana
requires that all the Permanent Secretaries in
their quarterly reports to him should state what
their doing to curb corruption in their ministries.
Monitoring template – the DCEC has developed a
monitoring template that ministries have to
complete to state the level of implementation of
recommendations emanating from the studies.
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The Criminal Justice Forum chaired by the
Minister of Defence, Justice and Security
brings together key players on a quarterly
basis to discuss issues of disposal of cases.
A service level agreement has been signed
between the Director of Public Prosecutions
and the Director of DCEC to improve turn
around time of cases at DPP. Monthly
meetings are held between DPP and DCEC.
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Formation of Multiple Companies
Opening Several Bank Accounts
Extended friendship with clients
Working excessively long hours
Refusal to go on transfer
Change in lifestyle
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