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Magosi speeds Isaac Kgosi prosecution

Fresh information reaching WeekendPost is that former Director General of Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS), Isaac Kgosi is expected to appear before the court of law soon following a scuffle between the new DIS boss Brigadier Peter Magosi and Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) director, Stephen Tiroyakgosi.

Kgosi will be prosecuted for corruption and money laundering cases which dates back to seven years ago, following doubts on whether the once feared and powerful spy chief will ever has his day in court. Investigations carried out by this publication can confirm that investigating officers handling Kgosi’s case have been spending sleepless nights at the DIS headquarters offices since Monday.

They held closed door meetings. “They were discussing Kgosi’s file. They wanted to make sure there were no loopholes as it is believed the DPP boss was the one delaying the case claiming the DCEC had not finished their work,” said a source close to the case.
“This issue of Tiroyakgosi taking the file back and forth is seen as a delaying tactic.”

The source went on to state that Magosi who was appointed to replace Kgosi by President Mokgweetsi Masisi was of the view that as long as Kgosi was not brought to book, him and his ally former President Lt. Ian Khama will gain a 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 Khama. Masisi camp is also of the view that the reason why Khama was so bold in attacking Masisi administration was that he thinks Masisi was afraid to take serious action his allies.

“It is clear the new DIS boss is pushing hard for cases to be done. The main idea is to see whether even after Kgosi falls, Khama will still be bold as he is,” said an insider. In an interview with Magosi on Friday, he refused to comment on the issue. “I will not comment on that,” he said. Pressed for comment, Tiroyakgosi said Kgosi file has always been in his office, “but it is an internal matter between me and the investigating officers. We have always had Kgosi’s file.”

Asked if he is going to prosecute Kgosi, the DPP Director said, “when we have determined there is good enough evidence, we will prosecute him, but if not, we will close the case.” He said the matter has always been between him and investigators, “whom I assume shared with you that they have given me the Kgosi file.” Tiroyakgosi said he has never discussed the Kgosi file with Magosi of the DIS. He said Magosi is not involved in the case. “I have no reason to delay the Kgosi prosecution if it comes to live.”

Magosi was quoted on the sidelines of the organisation’s first press conference under his leadership in May, saying he would support a commission of enquiry on the activities of DIS during Kgosi’s leadership.  

“Look, I am the driver of the vehicle. There is somebody who decides the destination of the vehicle. If those who decide the destination believe that there should be a commission of an inquiry, I will support it,” he said.

“I will do everything to ensure that DIS is a professional institution and gains trust from the public.”

There have been questions without answers as to whether the once feared Kgosi will ever be taken to book for the alleged transgressions he committed while in office. There have been many different stories surrounding his file, some saying it was burnt October last year (2017) and some saying it vanished between the DPP office and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC).

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Government sitting on 4 400 vacant posts

14th September 2020
(DPSM) Director Goitseone Naledi Mosalakatane

Government is currently sitting on 4 400 vacant posts that remain unfilled in the civil service. This is notwithstanding the high unemployment rate in Botswana which has been exacerbated by the recent outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Just before the burst of COVID-19, official data released by Statistics Botswana in January 2020, indicate that unemployment in Botswana has increased from 17.6 percent three years ago to 20.7 percent. “Unemployment rate went up by 3.1 percentage between the two periods, from 17.6 to 20.7 percent,” statistics point out.

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FNBB projects deeper 50 basis point cut for Q4 2020

14th September 2020
Steven Bogatsu

Leading commercial bank, First National Bank Botswana (FNBB), expects the central bank to sharpen its monetary policy knife and cut the Bank Rate twice in the last quarter of 2020.

The bank expects a 25 basis point (bps) in the beginning of the last quarter, which is next month, and another shed by the same bps in December, making a total of 50 bps cut in the last quarter.  According to the bank’s researchers, the central bank is now holding on to 4.25 percent for the time being pending for more informed data on the economic climate.

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Food suppliers give Gov’t headache – report

14th September 2020
Food suppliers give Gov’t headache

An audit of the accounts and records for the supply of food rations to the institutions in the Northern Region for the financial year-ended 31 March 2019 was carried out. According to Auditor General’s report and observations, there are weaknesses and shortcomings that were somehow addressed to the Accounting Officer for comments.

Auditor General, Pulane Letebele indicated on the report that, across all depots in the region that there had been instances where food items were short for periods ranging from 1 to 7 months in the institutions for a variety of reasons, including absence of regular contracts and supplier failures. The success of this programme is dependent on regular and reliable availability of the supplies to achieve its objective, the report said.

There would be instances where food items were returned from the feeding centers to the depots for reasons of spoilage or any other cause. In these cases, instances had been noted where these returns were not supported by any documentation, which could lead to these items being lost without trace.

The report further stressed that large quantities of various food items valued at over P772 thousand from different depots were damaged by rodents, and written off.Included in the write off were 13 538 (340ml) cartons of milk valued at P75 745. In this connection, the Auditor General says it is important that the warehouses be maintained to a standard where they would not be infested by rodents and other pests.

Still in the Northern region, the report noted that there is an outstanding matter relating to the supply of stewed steak (283×3.1kg cans) to the Maun depot which was allegedly defective. The steak had been supplied by Botswana Meat Commission to the depot in November 2016.

In March 2017 part of the consignment was reported to the supplier as defective, and was to be replaced. Even as there was no agreement reached between the parties regarding replacement, in 51 October 2018 the items in question were disposed of by destruction. This disposal represented a loss as the whole consignment had been paid for, according to the report.

“In my view, the loss resulted directly from failure by the depot managers to deal with the matter immediately upon receipt of the consignment and detection of the defects. Audit inspections during visits to Selibe Phikwe, Maun, Shakawe, Ghanzi and Francistown depots had raised a number of observations on points of detail related to the maintenance of records, reconciliations of stocks and related matters, which I drew to the attention of the Accounting Officer for comments,” Letebele said in her report.

In the Southern region, a scrutiny of the records for the control of stocks of food items in the Southern Region had indicated intermittent shortages of the various items, principally Tsabana, Malutu, Sunflower Oil and Milk which was mainly due to absence of subsisting contracts for the supply of these items.

“The contract for the supply of Tsabana to all depots expired in September 2018 and was not replaced by a substantive contract. The supplier contracts for these stocks should be so managed that the expiry of one contract is immediately followed by the commencement of the next.”

Suppliers who had been contracted to supply foodstuffs had failed to do so and no timely action had been taken to redress the situation to ensure continuity of supply of the food items, the report noted.

In one case, the report highlighted that the supplier was to manufacture and supply 1 136 metric tonnes of Malutu for a 4-months period from March 2019 to June 2019, but had been unable to honour the obligation. The situation was relieved by inter-depot transfers, at additional cost in transportation and subsistence expenses.

In another case, the contract was for the supply of Sunflower Oil to Mabutsane, where the supplier had also failed to deliver. Examination of the Molepolole depot Food Issues Register had indicated a number of instances where food items consigned to the various feeding centres had been returned for a variety of reasons, including food item available; no storage space; and in other cases the whole consignments were returned, and reasons not stated.

This is an indication of lack of proper management and monitoring of the affairs of the depot, which could result in losses from frequent movements of the food items concerned.The maintenance of accounting records in the region, typically in Letlhakeng, Tsabong, and Mabutsane was less than satisfactory, according to Auditor General’s report.

In these depots a number of instances had been noted where receipts and issues had not been recorded over long periods, resulting in incorrect balances reflected in the accounting records. This is a serious weakness which could lead to or result in losses without trace or detection, and is a contravention of Supplies Regulations and Procedures, Letebele said.

Similarly, consignments of a total of 892 bags of Malutu and 3 bags of beans from Tsabong depot to different feeding centres had not been received in those centres, and are considered lost. These are also not reflected in the Statement of Losses in the Annual Statements of Accounts for the same periods.

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