President Ian Khama has announced that government is in the process of drafting Whistle Blowing Legislation during his State of the Nation address this week.
The President said the legislation is meant to protect individuals who, in the public interest, disclose information that relates to corrupt and illegal activities, a move that was welcomed by opposition as demonstrating commitment to fighting corruption.
Khama also said a Bill revising the Corruption and Economic Crime Act will be tabled before the current session of parliament as a way of empowering the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime.
“To further ensure a holistic approach towards fighting corruption, a new National Anti Corruption Strategy is being drafted. DCEC is enhancing its partnerships with the private sector and civil society. As a matter of social responsibility, the private, as well as the public institutions have a duty to be proactive against corruption,” he said.
Khama said an overarching Code of Conduct developed by the DCEC and BOCCIM was launched.
“In keeping with our zero tolerance for corruption commitment, the DCEC, along with other stakeholders, including the new Financial Intelligence Agency and the Directorate on Intelligence and Security, are continuously reviewing strategies to meet emerging challenges. Working alongside PPADB, these Units enforce guidelines to prevent abuses in procurement,” Khama said.