Deputy Director of the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) in the Policing Department, Botlhale Makgekgenene, has expressed concern over the growing number of corruption cases at the Francistown City Council (FCC) especially within its Human Resource Department.
Addressing a full council meeting in Francistown this week, Makgekgenene said that the malpractices include violating recruitment procedures, unfair promotions and unclear transfer of employees.
“There is a growing trend within the Francistown City Council (FCC) where people are charged a fee to get employment opportunities,” she added.
According to a DCEC report she produced at the council meeting, there were 30 corruption reports from FCC from 2008 todate.
She said although the figure may appear to be small, corruption is still a bad habit that needs to be uprooted as it poses danger to any economy. Still on the report, Makgekgenene said that 14 of these cases were classified for investigation, 13 were referred to the Ministry of Local Government and 3 were reported to the police.
She also said that some of the corruption practices at FCC include leaking tender information, violating procedures during procurement of council property, poor record keeping leading to files continuously disappearing and the inflation of invoices during procurement. She added that one of the concerns is that there is failure by FCC to enforce penalties on contractors who do not perform or meet the required standards.
“One of the concerns is that there is lack of implementation on recommendations in audit reports,” she said.
Makgekgenene advised that there is a high need by the Corruption Prevention Committee at the council to prevent corruption practices by playing an active part in monitoring these practices and keeping a vigilant eye. She said that there is need for the committee to make a report on a quarterly basis to monitor corruption and come up with preventive strategies.
One of the worries she expressed is that in many government organizations top management fails to deal with administrative issues which then leads to corruption. She added that lack of supervision and monitoring is also one of the factors that promote corruption in these organizations.