Fight against greylisting quickens, as deadline looms

Kenneth Matambo. PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Kenneth Matambo. PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning believes significant progress has been made in achieving milestones set by an international money laundering body, ahead of the January 2020 deadline set.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the leading anti-money laundering agency founded by the world’s richest countries, greylisted Botswana last October citing institutional and structural deficiencies in the country’s anti-money laundering defences.

On the FATF’s recommendations, the European Union (EU) in February blacklisted Botswana and 22 other countries, citing the weak systems and saying it “had to make sure that dirty money from other countries does not find its way to our financial system”.

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This decision follows the raiding of the office of the former Director General of the DCEC, Tymon Katlholo early 2022 and his staff officer by the DIS operatives who reportedly took files that they had targeted.After all back and forth arguments, the CoA has set the record straight giving an invaluable lesson to the DIS that it was no super security organ and it does not have any powers to cogently supervise other security organs including the...

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