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Media article misleading
02/04/15
DCEC responds to misleading news article

It is not a norm for the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) to respond to every news article concerning the DCEC published in local papers. However we are compelled to respond and set the record straight amid recent misleading article by a certain Gofitile Keotshwaetse that seem to suggest the DCEC is witch hunting the “so called high profile people”. Although the writer is entitled to express his views, we however find his opinion grossly misleading and need to be corrected.  The DCEC does not investigate cases based on the name or position of the individual mentioned in the allegation.  The DCEC investigates any case once it has been established that the allegation falls within the remits of the Corruption and Economic Crime Act. 

 

Subsequent to thorough investigations, the Corruption and Economic Crime Act (CECA) section 39 demands that the Director General once satisfied that there is evidence should refer the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for assessment of evidence and possible prosecution.

 

The DPP Director will study the docket to see if there is enough evidence against the accused person before he can refer the case to court. Under the Constitution of Botswana, the DPP Director is the only person who has the power to decide whether the case can be sent to court or otherwise. Therefore it is misleading to posit that the DCEC has killed and ruined people’s careers.   The DCEC conduct its affairs as stipulated in the Corruption and Economic Crime Act 1994 and as amended in 2013.  It is the writer’s responsibility to seek clarity as it is very clear that he lacks understanding of the criminal justice process.  We therefore find the article not only misleading but very malicious and unfortunate. 

 

We would like to assure the public that the DCEC will continue to carry out its mandate as espoused in the laws governing it and above all within the Constitution of Botswana.     

 

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