Whither Botswana

What constitute conflict of interest
Like Michael Dingake (Mmegi, 12 January 2010) I couldn't believe my eyes when I read the story in the Christmas Week 2009 edition of The Voice about the alleged interest of our minister responsible for Defence, justice and security, Ramadeluka Seretse, in a business said to have supplied security equipment (among other things) to the Botswana Police Service.

I couldn't believe my eyes because I found it impossible to imagine a worse example of a conflict-of-interest situation.

Here was the political head of the government ministry responsible for the police service, who was alleged to have a direct interest in a company reported to have at least once won a tender to supply the department with security equipment! 

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