REPORT BY THE DIRECTORATE ON CORRUPTION AND ECONOMIC CRIME (DCEC)
Corruption if left unattended has the potential to erode the basis of democracy and undermine the rule of law which could subsequently lead to riots, civil wars and abject poverty. It is the vehicle through which societal ills such as nepotism, favoritism and bribery network. It is the devil whose powers can turn virtues and render a well fairing country like Botswana into an absolute charity case. Stable and sound democracies and economies have collapsed as a result of rampant corruption. Africa, particularly southern Africa where we as members of SAFAC fall has not been spared of this rod of corruption. It is worth noting therefore that it is imperative that we as SAFAC associates join hands in combating it and in implementing joint initiatives that are already in place.
In his inauguration speech in 2008, the President of Botswana, His Excellency Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama pledged to support initiatives geared towards anticorruption. This ceremony also coincided with the unveiling of his road map which is anchored on the five Ds principle (Democracy, Development, Discipline, Dignity and Delivery). These Ds put emphasis on the rule of law, service delivery, productivity and improvement of the lives of the people which are all tributaries to corruption if not fulfilled. Following the introduction of these Ds, there were some support interventions that saw the fight against corruption gaining some positive measures. The most significant one is a presidential directive that allowed the DCEC to design its conditions of services which are still under process. These conditions will go a long way in filling some loopholes such as lack of training, loss of skilled officers for greener pastures and higher level of productivity since the proposed conditions of service have better welfare and work packages that the general public service which the DCEC currently falls under does not have.