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Judges suspension: CJ responds

“The Administration of Justice notes with concern the recent publication in newspapers of selective and one-sided extracts from the report of an internal audit commissioned by the Chief Justice into the unauthorised payment of housing allowances to members of the judiciary. No comment was sought from the Administration of Justice by the writer of the articles. For the record, the position is as follows:

(1) It is a matter of public record that although their failure to repay improperly received allowances was a relevant factor, this was not what led to the suspension of the four Judges and the convening of the tribunal, as you suggest. It was the tone and content of their written response to the Chief Justice copied to all Judges, and their subsequent petition letter, which was seen as undermining the authority of the Chief Justice and being damaging to the Judiciary. That is why they were suspended pending the proceedings of the tribunal.

(2) The position of those suspended Judges is entirely different from that of the Court of Appeal Judge and the sitting High Court Judge also referred to in the Audit Report. There has been no challenge by the four to the nearly one million pula of housing allowances which they have improperly received, nor has any of this money been repaid to Government. Both the other High Court Judge and the Justice of Appeal, on the other hand, have challenged the conclusion of the Auditor that they improperly received housing allowances, which remain unpaid. They have given Statutory Notice to the relevant Authorities of their intention to commence legal proceedings to set aside that finding of the Auditor.

(3) The issues under dispute will be determined by the Court, and the fitness for office of the four suspended Judges will be determined by the Tribunal.”

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Woman swindled out of P62 000 by fake CID officers

17th June 2021
Motube

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.

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BCP walks out of UDC meeting

15th June 2021
Boko and Saleshando

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.

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Katlholo wins against DPP

15th June 2021
DCEC DIRECTOR: Tymon Katlholo

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.

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