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Defense attorney wants Gumas record of tax returns

A pending defamation case lodged by Member of Parliament (MP) for Tati East Samson Moyo Guma against Gaborone North legislator, Haskins Nkaigwa over a facebook post has this week taken a new twist.

Fresh information reaching this publication suggests that an attorney representing the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) law maker (Nkaigwa), Joram Matomela of JJ Matomela Attorneys slapped Moyo Guma with demands of documents relating to his alleged corruption business deals currently before the courts. It is believed the information would assist Nkaigwa to beef-up his defense in the defamation lawsuit.

In the contentious array of demands by Matomela to Ramalepa Attorneys who are representing the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) MP Guma, he points out that: “the aid documents are in the custody of and are necessary for ensuring that justice is dispensed in this matter.” He stated that “we wish to put you on notice that, as part of his defense, Nkaigwa requires that you avail to him the following documents which he intends to use for his defense. The documents relating to your client’s tax returns.”

Among the official papers, Matomela also wants copies of the documents relating to the ongoing corruption case pending before the Village Magistrate Court wherein Guma’s companies are a subject of interest of the Financial Intelligence Agency (FIA) and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC). “The above matters are important as they have a direct bearing on Moyo’s character, which is the subject of the defamation suit launched by him.”

The Tati East legislator has had his bank accounts at Standard Chartered Bank frozen in what was said to be a result of “instructions from the highest office in the land.” It is understood that the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who were then acting on behalf of the DCEC filed the application that effected the freezing of bank accounts belonging to Moyo Guma’s company, IRB Transport.

Guma co-owned the company with Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Thapelo Olopeng, who later ceased his shareholding in the latter. It is understood that IRB Transport, owned by Guma, although not yet charged, has been for some time under surveillance by Botswana’s financial intelligence and security organs.

Guma was also caught off guard when the Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) smacked him with a close to 30 million tax bill. He was accused and being investigated for allegedly flouting tax disbursements in addition to the corruption allegations. In the communication by Matomela to Ramalepa attorneys, another contention he alludes is that Guma’s attorneys make unnecessary postponements on the matter.

“We wish to register our concern that to date, the parties have not held a final case management conference as required by the rules. It will be recalled that at the last court appearance, you were not ready to proceed and you requested a postponement we did not object to,” the lawyer communicated.

He added that as the owner of the lawsuit (dominus litis), the responsibility of ensuring that meetings of the parties as per the rules of the court fall squarely on them and that therefore he demands that Ramalepa attorneys advise them as to whether Moyo is still interested in proceeding with the suit against Nkaigwa. “Delay on finalizing this matter causes a lot of prejudice on Nkaigwa as it takes his time and financial resources. Client is a Member of Parliament and has more serious issues to attend to relating to his constituents.”

Guma is suing the Gaborone North counterpart for P2 million in damages for defamation over a face book post of 22 April 2016 which was said to have been posted on the political face book group “All Parties Conference.” The defamatory post is said to have stated that “Guma can only cheat those who don’t know him, jang dijo betsho, le madi lea tsee le dino le dinwe. Madi a bogodu a tshwanetse go jewa akere ga a huhulelwa.”

When justifying the post as defamatory, Guma’s lawyers at Ramalepa Attorneys pointed out that the statement was understood to mean that Guma is a dishonest and corrupt public figure and politician who steals public funds for use in personal political campaigns. “The publication of the said statement was made with intention to humiliate, degrade or impair the dignity, self-esteem and reputation of Moyo; the publication of the defamatory aforesaid was an aggression upon Moyo’s personality rights, dignity, self-esteem and reputations a result of which he was aggrieved,” the letter addressed to Nkaigwa highlighted.

The lawsuit, which is believed to be the first facebook defamation case in local courts, comes at the backdrop of a controversial Cybercrime and Computer Related Crimes Act which was passed by parliament not so long ago. The new internet Act allow people to sue over the information that is presented on the internet and it also criminalizes publication of information that may be considered injurious to people’s character.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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