Saturday, May 15, 2021

BNFYL ring alarm bells on corruption and mal-administration in Govt

Botswana National Front Youth League (BNFYL) says it is fed up with the rampant corruption and mal-administration in government and abuse of the national broadcaster by the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

The determined youth told a Press Conference on Monday that the recent developments with regard to corruption against the Directorate on Intelligence Services boss Isaac Kgosi have proven that the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) as well as the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) do not have capacity to perform their mandate.

The Youth President Tona Makatane said the DIS has been able to penetrate the DCEC structure to the extent that the security needs of the DCEC have been supplied by a company providing clandestine spying activities on behalf of the DIS. Makatane said this has eroded the confidence that the nation used to have on DCEC.

“We are doubtful as to whether the investigation and ultimate prosecution of the DIS boss will see the light of the day. Our doubts are further strengthened by the fact that Isaac Kgosi remains the occupant of his office as investigations are on-going and he has not been interdicted,” said Makatane.

The BNFYL expressed disappointment with the manner in which the office of the Director of the DPP handled the case of former Minister Neo Moroka wherein he allegedly shot and killed one, Kealeboga Danster.

“The refusal to charge and prosecute the former Minister by the DPP proves that the criminal justice system is purely designed for poor members of our society and protects the rich and the powerful. We call on the Director of the DPP to uphold the integrity and independence of his office by following all criminals with no fear and favour,” BNFYL President told Press.

 The BNF Youth Wing also said they have observed a trend where the ruling BDP is favoured unfairly by the state broadcaster at the expense of other political parties.

“Recently a blackout on Kgotla meetings convened by members of the opposition MPs was carried out by Botswana Television. This trend has been ongoing since the inception of BTV but it has since risen to new heights under the presidency of President Ian Khama,” said Makatane.

The youth called for total independence of the state owned media demanding that that the state media outlets be removed from the Office of the President and be turned into the public broadcasters controlled by an independent board of directors.

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