Member of Parliament (MP) for Francistown West, Ignatious Moswaane has tabled a motion for debate in parliament to trigger a Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) probe on Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).
DCEC is an economic crime and corruption busting agency formed by an Act of parliament. Moswaane’s motion is titled “DCEC to investigate the UDC for funds raised to investigate the death of the late UDC secretary general.”
It further states that, “This Honourable House requests Government to engage the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime to investigate if the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) did not obtain by false pretence in the matter in which they requested the nation to contribute in raising funds to investigate the death of the late Secretary General.”
Speaking from Francistown this week, Moswaane told this publication that the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary caucus has already bought his motion and described it as “a good motion”. He further stated that every public entity is liable to scrutiny and that there has to be transparency.
“They claim to be a government in waiting but you can’t start by committing a wrong and look to correct it when you are in parliament.” “UDC opened up an account while he was deceased and failed to account as to what happened to the funds-it’s an offence,” Moswaane said. He further continued, “Motswaledi is not here with us and he can’t be asked as to what happened to the money collected from the public in his name and these are the questions we should be asking.”
He further stated that since UDC always challenges every situation in the country that is why he is adamant that they must also account. He further stated that a post-mortem report from the pathologists takes 24 hours and that he was reliably informed that the UDC pathologist report came out the same day. Furthermore, Moswaane stated that he is aware that the report is being held by a top Gaborone lawyer with UDC links for safe keeping.
The maverick MP has for so long been a thorn on the side of the opposition collective in parliament. BDP has 43 MPs in parliament while the opposition collective has 19 MPs. Even though parliamentary motions are not normally binding, it is expected that BDP will utilise its majority in parliament to win such a motion if push comes to shove.
When the same subject of the late leader cropped up in parliament previously, BDP MPs displayed a great deal of fervour in debating it. In the previous winter session of parliament, BDP MPs were parachuted to cloud nine when the topic of Motswaledi’s report cropped up in an unrelated debate of the Whistle blowing bill. When it was all over, parliamentarians were drinking their water out of paper cups after water bottles were banned in the chambers.
This was after one irate MP, Sedirwa Kgoroba of Mogoditshane constituency lobbed a water bottle at the Deputy Speaker of parliament, Kagiso Molatlhegi during the heated debate. The fracas started when the newly defected BDP MP, Bagalatia Arone had chastised opposition MPs for remarking that the public has no confidence in state institutions such as DCEC while the same were still withholding a report on the death of Motswaledi.
When BDP MPs erupted in laughter and MP’s such as Dorcas Makgato and Molatlhegi urged Arone to mention names, Kgoroba flung a missile across the aisle and it landed on the Deputy Speaker.
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.