An impending reshuffle at the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) will see Rose Seretse finally being relieved of her role at the corruption busting agency at the end of August this year, Weekend Post can reveal.
The political appointing authority, President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama appointed Seretse, who is her cousin by marriage, as the Director General of the corruption busting agency in 2009 – a year after he took over as president. Weekend Post has it in good authority that cabinet met this week Wednesday and resolved to remove Seretse from her investigatory role at DCEC. As the ultimate authority at DCEC, Seretse was believed to be only rubber stamping the decisions of her junior officials at the agency. Some of the alleged reasons for ejection include the botched investigation of Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Director Isaac Kgosi.
Kgosi has made headlines recently as been investigated by DISS for possible corruption. DCEC was also of late said to be investigating Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services Prince Maele on allegations of bribery. This and other high profiles investigations are said to have irked cabinet. Maele and Kgosi have released statements to clarify matters and clear their names. They denied any wrong doing. After serving for close to 8 years as Director General, it is understood that Seretse who is an engineer by qualification, was seen as ineffective in her position and instead Senior Managers at the corruption busting agency were believed to be calling the shots at the organisation.
Seretse possesses BSc in Construction Engineering and Management from Michigan United States of Americas (USA). She joined the DCEC in 1997 as a Senior Corruption Prevention Officer. She has served within the different divisions of the DCEC at various levels including being the Performance Improvement Co-coordinator. This publication can confirm that cabinet made a resolution to eject Seretse from DCEC and she will be redeployed to head a newly established organisation named Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority (BERA).
BERA’s main mandate is to make sure that there is responsible competition in the industry of energy, particularly as all along Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) had been the sole company allowed to generate and sell electricity. With the establishment of BERA, under the leadership of Seretse, all independent power producers would now be allowed to enter into the industry to generate electricity. Seretse was head hunted to lead BERA by the board of the new organisation particularly as they were looking for someone with the potential to fight corruption in mega projects involving billions of tax payers’ money.
She was also seen, by BERA board, as strong enough to take far reaching decisions that may involve high magnitude corruption and with the highest integrity on institutions dealing with billions of pulas. Cabinet took the decision to appoint her, after BERA board head hunted her and later made a recommendation to the minister, who in turn acceded the request and consequently cabinet also appointed her on a 5 year contract as BERA CEO. Seretse was notified by BERA board, during the head hunting, of their intention to appoint her in which she agreed.
She did not apply for the job and following cabinet approval; she is expected to be furnished with letters of appointment next week and would be given 7 days to accept the appointment. Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Advocate Sadique Kebonang also confirmed the exit of the DCEC Director Seretse to a new organisation of BERA which falls under his ministry.
“Yes I can confirm that cabinet has relieved Seretse as DCEC Director General and also approved her as CEO of BERA for 5 years effective September 1st. However she is yet to be notified of the appointment and she will most probably next week,” Kebonang told Weekend Post when quizzed on the development. According to Kebonang, Seretse has to accept the appointment first and therefore she will be given seven days to do so. He also confirmed that indeed Seretse was head hunted as she was seen as the most suitable candidate for the new position.
â€¨Having joined the DCEC in 1997, Seretse was promoted to the position of the Deputy Director (DCEC) in 2007 overseeing all the divisions of the Directorate being Investigation, Corruption Prevention, Public Education, Intelligence, Legal Services and Corporate Services. Among the professional courses that she attended on anti corruption work includes money laundering, investigators course, business ethics and accountability, corporate governance, prevention of corruption, managing project risks and project management. Seretse also has a Masters’ in Public Administration from the University of Botswana, and is expected to leave DCEC end of August.
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.