The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) director, Stephen Tiroyakgosi says his office and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) have finally reached a way forward on how to go about the prosecution of former Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director General, Isaac Kgosi.
Kgosi’s corruption and money laundering case has been pending for close to seven years without being taken before the courts of law. There have been doubts on whether the once feared and powerful spy chief will ever have his day in court. Speaking in an interview with WeekendPost on Wednesday, the DPP director stated that Kgosi’s file was submitted to his office by DCEC investigators on July 31, 2018 on a Tuesday at 6pm. He would however, not give a specific time as to when Kgosi will appear in court. “The investigators have submitted the file to us for assessment of the evidence. And we have done that!” said Tiroyakgosi.
“And over the period that the case has been here, we have been having interaction with DCEC. I personally had two meetings with the investigators this year telling them what I want regarding the case.” The director said though he personally felt they still needed two or three more items of evidence, “We have discussed a way forward looking at the evidence we have. So, when we are ready, we will go to court,” he said, He added: “If they were to go to court today they would get a trial date not earlier than October 2019 because of the back log in the courts.”
The DPP director emphasized that cases are dealt with in a very professional manner, saying he does not see any docket until recommendations are made. “And those big fish cases are prosecuted in the same manner. They pass through all the stages.” Commenting on allegations that Kgosi’s docket is missing, Tiroyakgosi said, “To the best of my knowledge the prosecution docket is here. I do not know where the missing issue is coming from. Within DPP office, the docket has never gone missing. ”
This publication is however alive to the fact that at one point, the DCEC office could not have access to Kgosi’s file for a period of a month as they could not locate the keys to its safe. They had to borrow the prosecution file from DPP office. WeekendPost had the privilege to see the said docket which is in three folds. The docket is kept by one senior officer, Deputy Director Public Prosecutions, Mr Ambrose Mubikwa. This reporter was attentive at the way the director asked for the file to be brought to him. He said, “Where is my big black bag? Can I have it here…” and it was then that the prosecutor brought it to his office.
Asked why Kgosi’s file had to drag for so long, Tiroyakgosi said a lot of cases take a long time. He nonetheless could not give a single case by name. According to the director the DPP currently has back log of cases from 2008. He indicated that the biggest challenge they have was numbers of prosecutors against the dockets in the office. As of June 2018, the DPP had a total of 8 142 dockets and cases excluding the ones dealt with by police officers.
The new DIS boss, Brigadier Peter Magosi is said to be pushing hard for the ‘big fish’ cases to be brought before the courts. His view was that as long as Kgosi was not brought to book, he will gain mileage on the seemingly sour relationship between the two camps. He feels the recent stories on the case were just tactics to make the nation think that Masisi was controlled by the past administration.
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.
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.
Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.
Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.