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The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Kenneth Matambo says the continued ranking of Botswana as the least corrupt country in Africa is commendable. Delivering the 2016 budget speech yesterday, Mr Matambo, however, pointed out that there should be no room for complacency, given the negative impact of crime and corruption in individuals’ lives as well as on the economy. “Government regularly conducts audits in different areas such as recruitment and promotion processes, acquisition and distribution of drugs and procurement of medical equipment, with a view to identifying loopholes in the systems,” he said. He further said efforts by the government in combating crime were yielding positive results as indicated by the recent decline in some categories of crime.

Nevertheless, Mr Matambo said Botswana continues to be susceptible to security challenges including cybercrime. He added that to address these challenges, initiatives were being put in place, particularly through provision of capacity building in investigation, intelligence and forensics.
In addition, he said the capacities of various security agencies were being strengthened to respond to the emerging need for a secure environment. “These include the recruitment of more security personnel, providing transport and logistics, as well as equipping them to among others, undertaking quality investigations and improve surveillance,” said Mr Matambo. (BOPA)

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