North West District Council attorney is Otsweletse Moupo
The North West District Council, whose attorney is Otsweletse Moupo is facing a serious case of security services tender fraud in which over twenty five (25) security companies had tendered.
The said tender for procurement of security services for Okavango Sub District council was floated last year to provide services for eighteen months.Weekend Post can reveal that the tender has now thrown the District Council into disarray and may leave a few jobless after it emerged that some crucial tender evaluation and adjudication proceses were flouted to provide room for cancellation and re-tendering of the tender.
Hell broke loose when the bidders saw a re-invitation of the tender number NWDC/OK/SEC/01/2015-2016 with the same reference number on the Botswana Gazette dated 17 November 2014 while they were still waiting to hear from the Council.It has since emerged that information was leaked to the protestants, Berea Security Services and Jayguards Security Services, to the effect that they were the successful bidders despite the cancellation and re-invitation.
They also learnt that the Council rejected without reasons the recommendation by the evaluation commitee appointed by the accounting officer.
Weekend Post can reveal that the security companies have through their lawyers written several letters to the Council demanding answers.In one of the letters they grill the Council Secretary and demand him to provide them with full record of proceedings where such meetings were taken.The Council has however refused saying the proceedings were confidential.
The protestants argue that in terms of the Local Authorities Procurement and Assert Disposals Act,the Adjudicating Commitee can reject,vary or approve the recommendation of the evaluation commitee and that if the procuring entity wants to cancel the tender process it shall prepare a recommendation for submision to the adjudication commitee which shall state reasons for the cancellation.
The protestants, Weekend Post has learnt posit that the tender processes are shrouded in secrecy and are all mixed up.They are of the view that the decision of the adjudicating commitee to reject,vary or approve the recommendation by the evaluation commitee shall be in writing and also published in any newspaper widely circulating in the Country and on the notice board of the local authority.This was not done ,according to the protestants.
They further posit that the Council has not provided detailed reasons for recommending the cancellation as it is required by th Local Authorities Procurement and Asset Disposal regulations.
On the 4th of August the Council Attorney, Otsweletse Moupo refused to accede to the request of the protestants to provide them with the tender process proceedings saying they contained classified information.Moupo further refused to state whether or not his Council had cancelled or not cancelled the tender.
The protestants however say that the Council is duty bound to publish its decisions for awarding,rejecting or varying recommendation of the evaluation Committee.The protestants Weekendpost can reveal have taken the matter to court in their effort to block the cancellation and re-invitation of the tender.
Suspicions are that the officers may have been lured into these antics by the power of money from some quarters.The suspicions however still need to be proved as the Council has not said much on the issue.Meanwhile, it is expected that the skeletons will tumble out the closets at the courts.
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.