A confidential report prepared by a private investigator on the dealings of Chinese company China Jiangsu seen by WeekendPost points fingers at two men who are currently at the centre of power.
Private Secretary to the President (PSP) Cater Morupisi and Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director General, Peter Magosi find their interests clashing on the matter over security threats allegations and conflicting self-interests. In February this year, Botswana government moved swiftly to blacklist with immediate effect China Jiangsu International Botswana (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of China Jiangsu International over alleged corrupt practices.
China Jiangsu then approached the High Court on urgency asking the court to compel Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Board (PPADB) to review its decision to cancel the two tenders awarded to the Chinese company. Reports indicated that senior government officials in President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s administration were considering giving the work, which is a mega project, to another Chinese contractor (name known to this publication), subsequently recalling the tenders of China Jiangsu International Botswana.
On 7th February 2019 PPADB wrote to Managing Director China Jiangsu International Botswana with reference to the design and building of a water distribution network, sanitation reticulation, telemetry and scada and associated works in Maun PR 10/1/3/16II. The letter suggested that the board at its meeting held on the 7th February 2019 resolved to withdraw award of the above tender from China Jiangsu International Botswana which was made on the 11th October 2018.
The Chinese company then engaged a private investigator (names known to this publication) with the mandate of finding a way to get away with the security threat issue and find out why the company was blacklisted with immediate effect, as well as why the tenders were withdrawn from the company.
According to the report the security threat issue arose after the company’s facilitators lost their position within the current regime with most of them out of power. In one of the recommendations the private investigator said: “The Company needs to move swiftly to the current regime and do the normal procedure which is rewarding potentials and building contacts and relationships with important players.” The report further suggests that China Jiangsu needs to convince one of Peter Magosi’s deputies at DIS to go against his boss for a wealthy reward.
“A move towards Directorate of Crime and Economic Crime (DCEC) is mostly needed to convince DCEC to do a report on China Jiangsu clearing them on corruption and counter attacking DIS with PSP Carter Morupisi on their side. This will give Office of the President an ultimatum to call the security brief on the absence of the DIS boss who is seen to be fighting the Chinese Company,” noted the report.
Once the security brief is held, the DIS deputy will be briefed and a contact will be made for him to have some mobilisation done to waive security threats and at this particular juncture both the PSP and OP will put pressure on the report to reach the courts. The company was warned against working with some members of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) who lost primary elections and told to tread carefully while dealing with them.
According to the report, these are the people who bring unnecessary attention to the company taking into consideration the current fiasco in the political landscape. China Jiangsu has lost P4 billion worth of four big tenders. This publication has been informed that Permanent Secretary to the President, Carter Morupisi has ordered the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Developments to only deal with a few approved companies that are ethical. The PSP at the time was head of civil service and championing the ‘clean up’.
It is understood that China Jiangsu International Botswana through their lawyers Monthe Marumo and Company have written to the Attorney General to notify them of the matter where due process was ignored and called for PPADB to furnish them with a written undertaking or not to reverse the award of the tender in question. China Jiangsu International Botswana has resolved not to seek legal redress because they are a Chinese State company and they do not want to be seen as if they are fighting the Botswana government.
It is reported that the intelligence organ, was involved in the operation which exposed China Jiangsu. Magosi previously told WeekendPost that there are a number of investigations concerning the matter of China Jiangsu International on corruption allegations and such undertaking is still ongoing. Magosi said he could not disclose the names of those implicated as that will jeopardize the investigations but promised that he will do so when the time is right.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.