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.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.