Monday, April 19, 2021

“Cabinet ministers are DCEC clients” – MP tells unions

Ngwaketse West Member of Parliament, Mephato Reatile, has publicly shown interest in support of public sector unions who are on strike.

Reatile said that President Ian Khama’s cabinet is identified with corrupt ministers.

Addressing the public sector unions rally in Gaborone, Reatile cited a few examples of both former and current cabinet ministers who have been charged with corruption.

He stated that a lot of them are normally in key ministries. Reatile cited a report by Mmegi news paper that the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Kenneth Matambo, had been served with a charge and that he will appear for mention soon before the court of law.

The case comes at a time when public servants are on an indefinite strike, demanding a pay rise.
“A lot of cabinet ministers are feeding the President wrong information in the interest of personal gain at the expense of the nation,” said Reatile.

He stated that for the economy of the country to do well, it is for key leaders to guide him with correct, sincere and honest information.

He cited another example of former Defence, Justice and Security minister, Ramadeluka Seretse, who has a pending corruption case, stating that the resignation of Seretse is said to be a result of investigations by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC).

The DCEC apparently investigated the minister for failure to declare to President Khama his interest in a company doing business with departments under his ministry.

A case of conflict of interest against Seretse has also been pending before a Gaborone Magistrates Court.

Reatile cited yet another example of former Local Government, Lands and Housing Minister, Jacob Nkate, who once took a central role in the Nchindo corruption case. It is reported that Nkate dumped the prosecution when he declared, contrary to his affidavit, that his allocation of Plot 55720 to Nchindo’s company was not influenced by anyone else.

Reatile urged other MPs to boldly take decisions to be the voice to the voiceless and also to fight corruption in the country. He criticized President Khama for not treating the public sector’s strike as a matter of emergency.

“An injury to one is an injury to all,” said Reatile.

Meanwhile, President Khama is expected to open DCEC and Commonwealth high profile conference. The conference is expected to focus on strengthening relations and collaborative efforts between Anti-corruption agencies within the Commonwealth and interested African countries that fall outside the Commonwealth.

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