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DCEC declares Kgosi a suspect in NPF scandal

In a new twist of events, former Directorate on Intelligence and Security (DIS) boss, Colonel Isaac Kgosi, has been warned and cautioned by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) as a suspect in the on-going multi-million National Petroleum Fund (NPF) money laundering case this week.

Initially, Kgosi was to be a star witness for the state against his alleged co-accused Bakang Seretse, Botho Leburu and Kenneth Kerekang before the then Regional Magistrate Christopher Gabanagae at the Broadhurst Magistrate Court. Kgosi had earlier on deposited an affidavit on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on a related matter where the state was forfeiting assets belonging to Bakang. 

In the affidavit Kgosi denies knowledge of Khulaco, Bakang and Leburu. Khulaco is the Company at the centre of the NPF P250 million payment to the Israeli Company. It was later proved otherwise, where it showed that to the contrary; the DIS officially appointed Khulaco and provided all necessary documentation of Bakang and Leburu. This was further supported by a contract between Dignia Systems and Office of the President.  Kgosi’s interview comes on the back of strong resistance from him last week, but was otherwise persuaded by his advisors to consent to the interview.  

“Earlier he had threatened the DCEC investigators whom he felt were overreaching and way too junior to have a conversation with him,” said a source. He was interviewed by investigators Andries German, Lebogang Moshasho and Thuso Motsheganetso. WeekendPost is reliably informed that the interview which eventually took place on Monday ran for several hours and was in the presence of Kgosi’s lawyer, Unoda Mack.

“Of interest to the DCEC was the P250 million paid to the Israelis; Kgosi’s relationship with the company and if he derived any personal benefit from the procurement; the need for procurement, and if any study motivated the procurement; Kgosi’s spending habits; possessions and relations, and his relationship with the accused persons in the money laundering case.” Sources who were part of the meeting also hinted that Kgosi was perplexed at the extent to which DCEC wants to review all state secrets.

“He was uncomfortable sharing state secrets with people who he deems way too junior,” said a source. The warning and cautioning of Kgosi comes at a time when those following the NPF money laundering case are asking themselves if Kgosi forms part of the list that DPP wish to add to the charge sheet come November, 29. At the last mention, the DPP had made an excuse that they could not start prosecuting Bakang and company saying they were yet to add more people to the charge sheet. 

Meanwhile sources at the DPP say the DCEC is finding it difficult to mount a serious case of money laundering against the accused and instead want to amend the charge sheet to theft against Bakang. “This is because the case bears no hallmark of money laundering. The sources of funds are known, the destination of money is known, the use of money is known, the payers or facilitators were all vetted locally and internationally. “

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Tsogwane takes over BDP Congress preps

17th May 2022
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Slumber Tsogwane, the chairman of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), has effectively ursurped Mpho Balopi’s functions of secretary general. He has also taken over the preparations for the party’s national congress, which is scheduled to be held in August.

The role of the secretary general is to oversee the activities of the party, and according to its constitution, he or she is the accounting officer. Throughout his career, Balopi has been the link between the various structures of the party, including the central committee and sub committees. However, since he has been replaced by Tsogwane, Balopi has become an onlooker.

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Why Katholo engaged private lawyers against State

16th May 2022
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The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.

In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.

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Dada to break Kwelagobe’s BDP long standing record

16th May 2022
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Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.

While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.

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