In this interview, Tymon Katlholo explains his experience as the director of Botswana’s Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime. He explains the importance of establishing and adhering to guidelines when pursuing cases in order to remain politically neutral and non-discriminatory as an anti-corruption agency. He further discusses some challenges he had faced in achieving institutional independence, managing interagency cooperation, streamlining investigative procedures and raising awareness in regions that are beyond the reach of the media. From his experience, Katlholo draws the lesson that corruption is about service delivery and productivity. In order to fight corruption, it is crucial to enhance professionalism, transparency, and accountability.
At the time of this interview, Tymon Katlholo was the director of Tyedo Investments, an anti-corruption consulting firm. He retired from his position as the director of Botswana’s Directorate on Corruption and Economic Corruption in 2009