April 11 2010: Manpower shortage has hit the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) hard, with some investigators being assigned up to twenty four cases to deal with.
Skilled DCEC investigators are leaving the organization due to the work load.
Speaking to The Sunday Standard, the Public Relations Officer of DCEC, Lentswe Motshoganetsi, conceded that “the organization has being hit by a shortage of manpower”.
He confirmed that a DCEC investigator can be allocated as many as 24 cases to process and this frustrates investigators who then quit the agency and venture into the private sector.
This results in some of the cases being thrown out for insufficient evidence.
“Even though the number of cases (per investigator) is high the fact remains that the DCEC does not compromise the quality of investigation,” he said, adding that they had requested the government to assist them with manpower but, due to financial constraints, the number of officers has not yet increased.
In addition he said currently they have only three offices in Gaborone, Francistown and Maun and, budget permitting, might have another one in Palapye soon.