Botswana: Corruption Biggest Challenge for Ministry

Mahalapye — The biggest challenge facing the Ministry of Transport and Communications is corruption says the minister, Ms Dorcas Makgato.

"If we can strongly deal with corruption, we will be able to push the development agenda beyond expectations," said Ms Makgato during her visit to Botswana Railways (BR) headquarters in Mahalapye on Monday.

Calling on employees to join hands in the fight against corruption, Minister Makgato said, "you can not be silent when corruption is going on, by doing so, you are equally being corrupt. Let us deal with corruption because it is where all our money is going".

Ms Makgato pointed out that the ministry had been given the mandate to facilitate the economy which feat would never be attained under a corruption prone environment.

She applauded BR for striving for a financial sustenance despite challenges and appealed to the corporation to fasten their belts to attain even more prudent financial management.

The minister also hailed the proposed developments aimed at improving service delivery and appealed to the corporation management to work hard to have a competitive edge over similar service providers in the SADC region.

She encouraged BR management to furnish her office with issues the ministry could assist with.

"Let us up our game in everything that we do," she said.

Ms Makgato said projects delivered on time would not only improve service delivery but wouldl ultimately cut costs.

Ms Makgato advised BR to be aware that whatever business undertakings they engaged in would ultimately result in competition.

"Beware that whatever you do will eventually be seen as a threat by your competitors," she said.

On human resource development, Ms Makgato appealed to BR management to desist from using shortage of manpower as a capacity constraint.

Human resource capacity, she said, was within BR control and could not be used to cover failures.

She said disciplinary issues were also a concern as failure to deal with unruly of wayward workers would ultimately lead to capacity constraints and poor workmanship.

"I am not here seeking popularity, I get to be hated for doing the right thing, it will be fine as long as the nation is served accordingly," the minister said.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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