Botswana: Technology Good for Economic Growth

Palapye — Technology is good for economic growth and advancement, says Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi

Speaking at the 9th Annual National Community Policing Cluster Awards in Palapye, Minister Kgathi said it should also be considered that criminals take advantage of the same platforms to execute criminal intensions as evidenced by the many incidents where people and companies were robbed large sums of money from their bank accounts.

He said said because technology had brought in development, it was against this backdrop that government enacted the Cybercrime and Computer Related Crime Act, 2018 to deal with complex crime.

Mr Kgathi said clusters could assist in at least spreading awareness on cybercrime in their communities, noting that government was committed to create a conducive environment for effective law enforcement for Batswana to continue enjoying peace and security.

He said Parliament was determined to develop new laws and review existing legislation in line with emerging crime.

Mr Kgathi applauded Botswana Police Services for their various and effective counter crime strategies such as Operation Kgomokhumo, which had restored hope among farmers and confidence in the police.

The operation, he said continued to yield positive results and had the desired impact since its launch.

Minister Kgathi also called for prompt disposal of cases to ensure timely justice as well as reduce the probability of livestock exhibits dying in the hands of the police.

Communities were also applauded for their significant contribution in fighting crime.

Mr Kgathi explained that clusters mostly operated under the chairmanship of the community leadership being dikgosi to ensure ownership and effectiveness.

He applauded dikgosi for their tireless input and provision of guidance in cluster policing and encouraged them to keep up the good work.

The strategy, he said, remained relevant and worked perfectly as demonstrated by the general decline in crime and confirmed by the favourable international ranking that Botswana continued to earn on justice and the rule of law ratings.

Minister Kgathi said the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of law index raked Botswana 44th out of 126 countries.

Speaking about Gender Based Violence (GBV) and illicit drugs, which are increasingly becoming a concern in the country, Mr Kgathi said GBV was a serious violation of human rights, which government took seriously and needed all stakeholders and clusters to go out and sensitise communities against as well as ensure that cases thereto were thoroughly investigated and perpetrators taken to court.

High rape and murder cases he said were also a serious concern and needed the nation to join hands and assist law enforcement officers with information that could lead to the arrest of suspects.

Source : BOPA

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