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Makgophe faces jail

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The High Court has ordered Botswana Police Service Commissioner Keabetswe Makgophe to reinstate a dismissed police officer in three months or face 90 days civil imprisonment.

Recently Francistown High Court Judge Bashi Moesi ruled that Makgophe reinstates Olefile Keatimilwe to the police service within three months failing which he will be imprisoned for 90 days. Keatimilwe was dismissed from the service in December 2018 after being accused of soliciting bribes from illegal immigrants at Frams on the outskirts of Mochudi and neglect of duty by not arresting the illegal immigrants.

Keatimilwe then appealed to the Police Council and his appeal was dismissed. He then went to the High Court for review and Justice Ookeditse Maphakwane set aside his dismissal in March 2020 and also said Makgophe must determine the case afresh. Justice Maphakwane’s order was made in March 2020 without a timeline of when to comply. Makgophe did not comply and Keatimilwe applied for contempt which was dismissed by Justice Moesi.

Judge Moesi then issued an order saying he must comply by November 8, 2021 but still the Commissioner failed to comply prompting the police officer to apply to the High Court again. It was then that the court found Makgophe to be in contempt and ordered him comply within 90 days, failing which he shall be sent to prison for 90 days.

“On the facts and the law the application is meritorious and must succeed. I order accordingly. The respondents must bear the responsibility for the costs of its application on attorney and client scale,” ordered Justice Moesi on March 21, 2022.

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Why Katholo engaged private lawyers against State

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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

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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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