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Katlholo to sue facebook ghost ‘France Museveni’

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The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is investigating a Meta account which goes by the pseudonym France Museveni. The controversial account is behind the leaking of highly classified DCEC investigations files on its Meta page.

DCEC boss, Tymon Katlholo who has been on the receiving end has rubbished corruption allegations levelled against him by Museveni and is threatening to take legal action against the accuser after being arrested. Information passed to this publication suggests that DCEC intelligence agents are on the manhunt for Museveni. This publication is highly informed that a few weeks back, a former highly placed government official gave both the DCEC and Botswana Police Service (BPS) crucial information about the suspect that may lead to his arrest soon.

Responding to WeekendPost queries, DCEC spokesperson, Lentswe Motshoganetsi, confirmed that his agency is concerned about the continuous leakage of DCEC investigations files. “DCEC is concerned about the continuous leakage of DCEC investigation files which constitute an offense under the DCEC Act,” says Motshoganetsi. He explained that these leakages have the propensity to compromise the integrity of DCEC, if not the country’s reputation. He added that “to that extent he must be rest assured that he will be held to account for such leakages and their attendant falsehood”.

He stated that “DCEC notes that the said France Museveni claims to be a whistle-blower and the agency takes no issue with him calling himself a whistleblower but reminded him that for purposes of whistleblowing Act  No 9 of 2016 states the following Section 2. a whistleblower means a person who makes a disclosure of impropriety of a protected in terms of section 4, section 4 states that notwithstanding any other law  to the contrary, disclosure  of impropriety if a] the disclosure is made in good faith b] the whistleblower reasonably believes  that the disclosure and an allegation of impropriety contained in the disclosure is substantially true and the disclosure is made to an authorised person, section 8 mentions DCEC, Auditor General, Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DISS), Ombudsman, Botswana Unified Revenues Services  (BURS), Competition Authority, Botswana Defense Force (BDF) and Botswana Prisons  Service.

There if in his conscience he believes that his conduct conforms to the above quoted provisions of the law, then he has nothing to worry about as the Act will protect him but if he however holds the contrary then he has every reason to worry as the same Act prescribes legal consequences for such conduct.

Motshoganetsi further observed that the same Museveni is propagating that his life is under threat. “We thus advise him to approach BPS who are mandated to protect life and property and report same because advertising the threat on Facebook won’t accord any protection,” he indicated. He assured the general public that DCEC is a highly reputable institution that will continue to investigate without fear or favour, each and every allegation that is brought to its attention and does so within the confines of the law. He concluded that his agency remains focused on its mandate and continues to guard against any effort or any attempts intended to disrupt its operation.

When contacted for comment Katlholo rubbished corruption allegations levelled against him by Museveni.  “This is all rubbish,“ he says. He said he is contemplating taking legal action against his accuser at the right moment. ”At the moment I am focused on DCEC mandate,” says Katlholo.

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Why Katholo engaged private lawyers against State

16th May 2022
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The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.

In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.

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Dada to break Kwelagobe’s BDP long standing record

16th May 2022
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Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.

While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.

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The Gulaam Husain Abdoola – Dubai sting detailed

16th May 2022
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Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.

Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.

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