Botswana loses billions to corruption - Magistrate

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Regional Magistrate (South), Lot Moroka revealed to a gathering of top prisons' officials that the government loses over P1 billion every year due to cases of corruption and economic crimes.

He told a prisons anti-corruption workshop on Tuesday in Gaborone that the calculation is based on the fact that his court room alone is currently dealing with economic crimes amounting to over P500 million.  Moroka however said he believes his estimate is low compared to what the government must be losing. "Considering that this is an estimate from my court room alone, one wonders how much the amount would be, combining economic corruption cases from courts all over the country," he said. He said corruption brings numerous social ills and cripples the economy as the beneficiaries are individuals.

He said corruption robs children of their future because the money involved is usually large enough to build schools or hospitals. "Corruption also hinders the country's national development and makes the country uncompetitive," he said.

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