CAACC Courts Anti-Corruption Officers On Financial Investigations And Asset Recovery

The Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre (CAACC), over the past week 21st to 25th August2017, conducted a training programme on Financial Investigations and Asset Recovery for anti-corruption practitioners. The CAACC partnered with Basel Institute on Governance and African Development Bank to provide the training programme which was delivered to anti-corruption officers from Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zambia converging in Gaborone. Botswana Police officers and officers from Anti-Corruption Unitsfrom the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development also attended the programme.

Giving the welcome remarks,the Deputy Centre Manager, Ms Lerato Dube, highlighted the importance of the regional programme that brought members of the anti corruption agencies in Commonwealth Africa together to build capacity of the anti-corruption practitioners on techniques to investigate and mitigate corruption by targeting proceeds of crime. She further stated that the African continent is abundantly blessed with natural resources which unfortunately do not benefit her people.

This is as a result of corruption, weak or non compliance to legislature, poor governance structures and greediness by those trusted with power. Therefore efforts should be intensified to collectively safeguard the continents resources through putting in place mechanisms which will ensure compliance to laws, and strengthening governance structures making it difficult for the corrupt.

Resource persons were pulled from the Basel Institute on Governance and African Development Bank, who facilitated on topics including overview of Money Laundering, Financial Investigative approaches, Asset Recovery process, Electronic Evidence Organisation, Asset Tracing and recovery, Mechanisms of asset forfeiture.   Justice Lot Moroka from the Francistown High court gave a lecture on the regional perspective of the problems and challenges posed by the investigation and prosecution of corruption cases.

At the end of the programme, the Centre Manager Mr. Mogolodi Rantsetse, emphasized to the participants that they are expected to share the technical skills and knowledge acquired during the training with their colleagues in their respective organizations. Mr. Rantsetse thanked the sponsors, Basel Institute on Governance and African Development Bank for providing the technical expertise and financial resources to run the programme.