Minister of Finance and Development planning Mr Kenneth Matambo says the office of the Public Procument and Assets Disposal Board PPADB by its nature, it is prone to corruption as it is the meeting place for public and the private sector.
Officially opening the Board office in Francistown, Minister Mathambo said any form of corruption at PPADB that the public might be aware of should be brought to the attention of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime DCEC for investigations and appropriate action.
Minister Matambo cautioned against temptations by some people who continues to make reckless and unfounded allegations which erodes the confidence of the Procument system.
“There have been instances where some losing bidders are aggravated and tend to cast accusations on the integrity of the PPADB, the Procument system, procuring entities and Tender Committees which only erode the public confidence of the board,” he said.
Moreover Minister Matambo said some from the contracting community only issue out complaints with the intention to compromise the government efforts to provide accurate services to Botswana.
Minister Matambo noted that such challenges call for the PPADB to develop effective initiatives to mitigate corruption risk in the Public Procument with cooperation of procuring entities and contractors.
“The PPADB will continue to find ways of improving customer services and provide effective services to those in need of its services,” he assured customers.
He further said since the introduction of contract registration in 2012, which is part of the integrated Procument Management System; this has intensified the monitoring of the compliance to the PPAD act.
He said this also supports capacity building with the assistance of strategic partners such as Botswana Accountancy College, the World Bank and the United States Trade and Development Agency.
Meanwhile, Minister Matambo said since the establishment of the PPADB, it has been operational from Gaborone only.
He said efforts to establish satellite offices in some regions were put on hold due to economic down turn.
The Board office in Francistown will provide Contractor Registration and associated services, certification of documents, tender opening for some projects in the North, compliance monitoring, capacity building as well as general support to the District Administration Tender Committees in the northern region.
This week’s Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting held at State House chaired by Party President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, turned into a ‘boardroom brawl’ with Masisi expressing concerns and accusing central committee members of not adequately shielding him from opposition missiles.
The meeting which was held on Monday this week was to deliberate on a number of agenda items but the President took the moment to tongue lash his inner circle to stop silly PR blunders that are causing more harm than good. The reprimand was mostly directed to party Secretary General Mpho Balopi as well as Chairman of Communications and International Relations sub-committee, Kagelelo Banks Kentse.
It took the intervention of the Permanent Secretary to the President, Elias Magosi to arrest a dispute between the warring Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), by instructing the former to hand over the unfinished P100 billion docket to the latter.
But the PSP’s efforts are not enough, the two institutions are back in the boxing ring again following a letter from the DPP inviting the DCEC back into a case they long declared as “hogwash”. A savingram dated 18th January 2021 from the DPP to the DCEC is calling on the DCEC to assist with further evidence in the P100 billion case, but the DCEC which has never hidden its indifference posits that the move by the DPP can be summed up by the expressions: ‘opening healing wounds’.
A fed-up Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Director General, Tymon Katlholo has come out guns blazing over an order from the Director of the Directorate of Public
Prosecutions (DPP), Stephen Tiroyakgosi instructing the DCEC, to solicit a statement from the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, and ruling party Member of Parliament for Mochudi East, Mabuse Pule, regarding the role he played in the issuance of Whelheminah Maswabi’s intelligence operations passport.