WeekendPost investigations have revealed yet another multi-million-pula investigation on procurement that happened when Isaac Kgosi was still Director General of the Directorate on Intelligence and Security (DIS).
Kgosi was recently interviewed by the the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) on the ongoing P250 million National Petroleum Fund (NPF) scandal in which he requested the funds to procure firearms and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in 2017. It has emerged from the latest charges against the accused persons that he was given false information.
In August 2017, he proposed that Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security releases an amount of P250 million for the design and construction of additional strategic fuel storages sites in a bid to further expand these sites to cater for other essential government organs. After the ministry responded by acceding to the request and stipulated the funds within the NPF, â€¨â€¨Kgosi then later said procurement of petroleum facilities was no longer a priority, saying he would divert the funds to wildlife poaching, human and drug trafficking.
Fresh information gathered is that the records states that the same equipment that he allegedly procured was also procured in 2010, though the directorate has only one set of equipment. “The same goods that he procured last year were also procured sometime in 2010, which means the department has to have two sets of that equipment. But there is only one set at the DIS office,” said a source at the DCEC. “One other set has to be accounted for.
Either the 2010 equipment was bought and taken elsewhere, or it was never bought at all though the money was taken out to purchase such.” Other sources from the DIS stated that the directorate was facing a difficult time in terms of records because during Kgosi’s reign there was no properly constituted procurement committee.
NPF case: Kgosi was a ‘victim’
According to the latest charges in the NPF case, Kgosi is a victim, he was given false information as a public officer. New faces in the NPF case are former Minister of Minerals, Sadique and his twin brother Judge Zein Kebonang, Kago Setimela, and Mogomotsi Seretse who were arraigned on Thursday.
Bakang’s attorney, Kgosietsile Ngakaagae has always stated before the courts that there was no how his client could be charged with money laundering when the key players in the deal were free men. He said, his client was mainly acting on the instructions given by Kgosi in all the transactions that he has done. This publication has it in good authority that investigations against Kgosi were still continuing. “Though the DIS has paid the P118 million to NPF account, there are still many questions than answers concerning the said deal,” said the source.
“The investigations against him are to establish whether the equipment brought recently is worth P118 million. The other loophole is the date in which the contract was signed and the date in which money was allegedly paid to the Israeli company. He paid the money in August and later signed a contract when the scandal started in November last year,” said the source, who is in the intelligence security.
In the new amended charge sheet that was presented by the DPP on Thursday, the first accused person, Kenneth Kerekang is facing three counts of abuse of office; giving false information, uttering a false document, theft and three counts of money laundering in the sum of P120 million. Kerekang is alleged to have entered into an unauthorized contract with Kgori Capital (Pty) Ltd in terms of which Kgori was to earn 0.80 percent of the total value of the NPF assets in consequence of which the NPF Fund lost P11 million.
He is also accused of lying to Kgosi to the effect that a company called Khulaco (Pty) Ltd had been contracted by the government of Botswana to manage the NPF Fund, which information he knew was false. Bakang is facing a single count of uttering false information, theft in the sum of P60 million and 58 counts of money laundering in the sum of P208 million.
On the other hand, Sadique is facing three counts of money laundering in the sum of P7 million, Zein two counts of money laundering in the sum of P4 million, Mogomotsi 41 counts of money laundering in the sum of P3.3 million while Setimela is charged with six counts of money laundering in the sum of P3.3 million. The accused persons will appear before court again in February 18, 2019 where the case is expected to be committed to the high court for trial.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.