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Methods of Fighting Corruption

DCEC mandate is to investigate allegations of corruption and economic crime and money laundering. When the collected evidence in an investigation institute a criminal charge, the file is submitted to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for assessment and prosecution

Corruption Prevention

The function of this unit is to audit systems within government and parastatal institutions to detect loopholes that influence corruption. This is done through routine assignment studies which upon completion recommendations are made to the concerned body.

Public Education

The unit educates the public about corruption and solicits public support. The public has been segmented into three categories and various programmes are designed for each of these clienteles. Public Education can be available on request to give presentations at government ministries and departments. Talks and presentations are normally scheduled every year.

  There are several ways of reporting corruption and economic crime to the DCEC. Below are some of the channels that can be used to contact the Directorate. You can also fill in the form provided when making a report.

Public Education Mandate

The statutory responsibility of Public Education is to mobilize the public by educating them through various initiatives and programmes and to enlist and foster public support in combating corruption. The programmes are divided according to the three target groups of the youth, public servants and the general public.

Prospective Initiatives:

  • To hold a youth rally annually for all youth members of Botswana.
  • To work with Village Development Committees countrywide to combat corruption at village level within local committees
Activities for the Youth

Raboammaaruri campaign for primary school pupils:  This is a program directed at inculcating the spirit of moral uprightness in children at their tender age. The campaign is by way of a mascot that preaches honesty and accountability.

Anti-Corruption Clubs for the youth: The clubs run in both junior and senior secondary schools. Their main objectives are for the youth to disseminate anti-corruption information to their peers, to participate meaningfully in social and economic activities and to improve the youth understanding of ethics. The activities of the clubs culminate in an annual congress at the end of the year at which clubs share experiences with a view to assisting each other to run the clubs effectively

The youth also participate in essay writing and debates at which activities they interact with others and also share their views on their understanding of issues of corruption and how they can meaningfully contribute in the fight against the scourge. 

Corruption concept has also been infused in the school curriculum to be examinable in our formal education system. This is a breakthrough in the campaign against corruption for the youth of Botswana.
Activities for the General Public

Customized presentations and workshops are made to public officers in all government ministries and departments to enlist their support. Public Education schedules the activities and organizations are also encouraged to request for such.

  • Radio and television programmes are also designed to spread the anti-corruption message to public officers so that they shun corruption and are able to ward off any temptation to engage in acts of corruption.
  • Publications are designed with specific messages for the public officers. Like the Imprest retirement brochure
  • The general public is targeted through Kgotla Meetings, District and Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions, Radio and Television shows, Advertorials, Press Releases, brochures, booklets and the Annual Report. 
  • Publicity in the form of posters, stationary and clothing that bear anti corruption messages.
Corruption Risk Assessment

A  Corruption risk assessment (Corruption Audit) is simply a careful examination of what, could lead to corruption. It is a tool that can be used to detect and assess corruption risk exposures within functional areas and develop mechanisms to mitigate against such risks. 

To assess the risks of corruption the following steps are followed: 

  • Identify the corruption risk - Identify the risk for each fictional area and assess the extent of the risk.
  • Analyzing the potential of corruption in your business and rating them - For each Corruption Risk you need to be clear about who might be involved; it will help you Identify the best way of managing the risk.
  • Evaluate the risks and devising strategy to mitigate the risk - Having spotted the risks, you then have to decide what to do about them.
  • Record your findings and implement them (Action taken) - Putting the results of your risk assessment into practice will make a difference.
  • Review your assessment and update when necessary - There is need to review what you are doing on an ongoing basis