The Minister of Defence Justice and security, Ramadeluka Seretse has said that the Botswana Police Uniform is of a poor quality standard.
Answering a question from Francistown South MP, Wynter Mmolotsi in parliament who had wanted to know if the minister was aware that uniforms for police officers and soldiers are in a terrible state, Ramadeluka said he was aware of the bad state of the police officers uniform.
The minister however said he is not aware that Botswana Defence Force (BDF) uniforms are in a terrible state due to excessive use.
“I cannot rule it out as this could be a result of usage, care or availability.
In the case of the Botswana Police Service it was observed that the quality of some uniform sets was not according to set standards during the transition from the old uniform to the current one,” he said.
Ramadeluka went on to note that at the beginning of service, police officers receive three sets of service uniforms and two patrol uniforms and then receive one set of each as replacement every year thereafter.
With regard to the BDF uniform, Seretse said a force member is given two sets of uniform, service and camouflage uniform.
“This uniform is issued for a maximum period of 24 months though the individual kit card shows 12 months.
This variance is due to resources constraints.
If however before the said periods it is desirable to issue for whatever reason, a new uniform is disbursed and appropriate action taken depending on the established reason for the state of the uniform,” said Ndelu.