Public reaction to guilty verdict in Nchindo and Matome case
Garvas Nchindo and Joseph Matome are now languishing in prison after kissing goodbye to their freedom on Monday as they were found guilty of fraud and corruption.
The two are due to find out how long they will be detained at the government’s pleasure on 27 October when former Gaborone Regional Magistrate, who will soon be joining the High Court, Lot Moroka delivers his sentence.
The high-profile case involving fraudulent land dealings attracted the public and media attention as it involved one of the country’s prominent citizens, the late Debswana MD, Louis Nchindo, with former president Festus Mogae and some members of his cabinet called in to testify.
Now that judgement has been passed how do people feel about it and the country’s judicial system? Dubani wa Dubani took to the streets of Gaborone to find out.
“I am thankful that justice has been done because I do not support corruption in whatever form. Those in positions of power should pay for the abuse of trust bestowed on them to manage resources on behalf of the nation. Punishing people for corruption will improve corporate governance at all levels and save our economy from greedy people who abuse their positions of authority. And to me the Nchindo case is a sign of the rot that is there in our society. More investigations should be done to bring others who have benefited from economic crime to book.”
“Lot Moroka’s decision in this case should be a signal to those with plans or are already involved in economic crime, to mend their ways before it’s too late. Corruption is a disease that needs to be cured before it tears our economy apart. I hope other magistrates will take a cue from Moroka and sentence without fear or favour those found guilty of cheating the nation. This is the only way forward for Botswana.”
“It is a brave decision that should be celebrated by all who are against economic crime. We are tired of cover-ups that protect those who abuse public offices for their own benefit at the expense of the nation. This has been done for a long time under the misguided pretext of protecting the good image of our country. The powerful and their associates should be punished like any other citizens when they break the law.”
“Anybody who abuses a position of responsibility should be punished. Even the Bible says those who commit crimes should be punished as long as there is evidence that they broke the law. Corruption is killing our economy and society and its perpetrators should be punished accordingly. This will make people think twice before they use their positions of responsibility and power to enrich themselves, their families and friends. We are fed up with people robbing the nation and getting away with it.”
“Moroka should be celebrated by all who are against economic crime. The fact that former minister Jacob Nkate was not truthful in his testimony suggests that there is a lot of rot in the corridors of power. That should be curbed to save our country from people who abuse their office. The only way to achieve this is to bring such people before the court, and if guilty lock them in prison and throw away the keys.”