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! 

Editor's Comment
Routine child vaccination imperative

The recent Vaccination Day in Motokwe, orchestrated through collaborative efforts between UNICEF, USAID, BRCS, and the Ministry of Health, underscores a commendable stride towards fortifying child health services.The painful reality as reflected by the Ministry of Health's data regarding the decline in routine immunisation coverage since the onset of the pandemic, is a cause for concern.It underscores the urgent need to address the...

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