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eGovernment Forschung | eGovernment Research 2001 - 2018

Fresh information reaching this publication is that the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is faced with a huge and complex task of investigating how millions intended for implementing the e-government project since 2012 wound up in the wrong hands.

The investigation, according to impeccable sources started some time ago, and is also expected to take many years to be completed. “Some cases require a lot of time to be investigated. This case is one complex matter. It might take even five years from now for the investigations to be complete.” According to information gathered by WeekendPost, the money got entangled between the Office of President, Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Directorate on Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) in the past government.

At one point the permanent secretaries who are the accounting officers in the involved ministries were summoned to account for the missing millions. There was a communiqué from the involved ministries and department as to where some funds were to be transferred, “but the millions never reached the said destiny”. During confrontation, one PS is said to have admitted to signing for the money to be transferred to a particular account, but said he was surprised he never received communication confirming receipt of the sum.

According to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, when the project was kick-started in 2012, it was allocated P74m. The ministry noted that it managed to do one project of e-tax filing solution for Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS). And the rest of the amount “was used to implement e-government components by other government departments like the retooling of public officers by Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM)”.

As for the 2016/17 financial year, the ministry noted that it carried out four projects being short term training in the e-government office which is complete; professional services for e-government programme management which is also complete; the government of Botswana Enterprise Architecture which is ongoing and the supply installation and configuration of data centre servers and network device which is also ongoing.

When asked to comment on issues surrounding the e-government last week, former President Lt. Ian Khama’s immediate response was that, “e-government is there. It needs improvement, there is no doubt.” He noted that the whole idea was that citizens of this country can get information for their benefit and services online. He said at one point this project was coordinated at the Office of President (OP) and later given to Ministry of Transport and Communications.

When asked about the money that is alleged to have been illegally routed through the Transport ministry to the DIS, the former president denied the said allegations. He said, “If DIS came into it, it would only have been to ensure that the system that is put in place is protected,” he said. He went on to say that in other countries such systems have been hacked, not only internally but even from other countries hacking other countries’ own system.

This, he noted, requires that measures be put in place to have some kind of security in the system, built into the system so that the system does not collapse due to the hacking. “So if DIS was involved, it would have been to advice about those kinds of things and to protect the services that are provided online.” When contacted for comment on Thursday, the DCEC office said it would not comment on the matter for now.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Tebogo Kgalemang

Quelle/Source: WeekendPost, 25.06.2018

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