Monday, September 28, 2020

Seretse addresses public gatherings

The Minister of Defense, Justice and Security, Dikgakgamatso Ramadeluka Seretse, last week affirmed that soldiers accrue more benefits than teachers. Seretse was responding to a question asked in a public gathering organized by the Ministry to share ideas or make comments aimed at improving understanding.

He said that maybe the rights the soldiers have must be read to people so that the people can make suggestions.

“You should take part and be a component of the solution,” said Seretse, who was also quizzed on whether the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) was still using money from the disaster fund but Seretse said resolutions and explanations were made.

“It does not mean it is the case today; it was just for that time,” said Seretse. He also explained that he is aware that the DIS has invited more complaints from the public “but perceptions are different”.

He said that DIS is not a secretive department and it does not mean they do things in secrecy.
“We take people of different fields with different skills at whatever level. Even the gardener may have a required skill,” he said.

When the public complained about the Government paying lawyers for its employees, like in the case of the Kalafatis killers, Seretse said soldiers have their own funds and it is not a problem.
Councilor Kenosi suggested that maybe it is time the Declaration of interest law is changed as it is old fashioned.

“There is no need to tender while you are working from the same department but rather look for the opportunity elsewhere,” he said.

Attorney General Atalia Molokomme also chipped in to answer having been asked about how Batswana are included in giving input in the changing of the constitution.

Molokomme said the public should liaise with their leaders at the Kgotla and by other ways to give them their voice. She said that she is aware of the long period that cases take and will try to speed things up.

“It is disturbing to us but sometimes accused persons are the ones delaying cases with evidence,” said Molokomme.

Molokomme said sometimes there is need for specialized skill and that is when the law allows her to do outsourcing.

She added that it is not like they do not allow people to comment on the issue while it is in court.

In regards to stock theft, she said that the cases take a lengthy period of time but they had requested that the Ministry of Agriculture come up with a catalogue to differentiate cattle colours, brands and earmarks.

“Last year, the court act requested the assessors to help magistrates in cases of stock theft because these are the people who know better about colours, brands and ear marks so that such cases can be disposed of quickly,” said Molokomme, adding that in Botswana there are four stock theft courts with three more coming country wide.

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