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Transparency International: Botswana least corrupt …But public sector corruption on the rise


Although Botswana continues to be ranked amongst the moderately clean governments in the world, the recently released Corruption Perceptions Index report by Transparency International indicates that Botswana’s corruption has increased over the past three years.


The report ranks Botswana in position 31 out of 174 countries and territories with a total score of 63 points out of the possible 100 points. Cyprus, Portugal and Puerto Rico share the same points with Botswana and are also ranked in position 31.


In the 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index report, Botswana scored 65 points and it was ranked in position 30 while in 2013 there was a decline to 64 points while it maintained its position. This year the country registered yet another drop to 63 points and also dropped in ranking to position 31.


According to the Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).


Based on expert opinion from around the world, the Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide. This year's index included 175 countries and territories.


Although the Botswana government has always maintained its commitment in fighting corruption, some top government officials have been marred by controversy over corruption allegations. Some observers and political actors argue that corruption in Botswana is institutionalized hence corruption fighting bodies such as the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) are not independent and incapacitated.


According to Transparency International, corruption is a problem for all countries. A poor score is likely a sign of widespread bribery, lack of punishment for corruption and public institutions that don’t respond to citizens’ needs.


“Countries at the bottom need to adopt radical anti-corruption measures in favor of their people. Countries at the top of the index should make sure they don’t export corrupt practices to underdeveloped countries,” advises José Ugaz, the Chair of Transparency International


The report ranks Denmark in position one with 92 points score out of 100 while Somalia comes at the bottom position with a total score of 8 out of a possible 100 points.

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The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.

In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.

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Dada to break Kwelagobe’s BDP long standing record

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Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.

While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.

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The Gulaam Husain Abdoola – Dubai sting detailed

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Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.

Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.

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