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Morupisi’s Appeal postponed to April

Former Permanent Secretary to the President, Carter Morupisi’s appeal against his conviction has been postponed to April by the Court of Appeal (CoA) panel consisting of Judge President Tebogo Tau, Singh Walia, and Bess Nkabinde.

The court postponed the matter to address whether Morupisi’s sentence should be included in the appeal. The appellant did not mention his sentence in his grounds of appeal but mentioned it in the reliefs sought from the CoA. Morupisi prays for his conviction and sentence in all three charges to be set aside and replaced by an order directing that he be discharged and acquitted of all counts.

Morupisi was found guilty of corruption committed during his time as the Head of Civil Service and Chairman of the Botswana Public Officers Pensioners Fund (BPOPF) by High Court Justice Chris Gabanagae. He became PSP in 2014 and was suspended from office by President Mokgweetsi Masisi in 2019. The State had charged Morupisi and his wife, Pinny Morupisi, along with her company R7 Group Pty (Ltd), on three counts of corruption and money laundering.

On count one, Morupisi was charged with corruption for allegedly signing a contract with Capital Management Botswana (CMB) to administer BPOPF funds for personal gain. On count two, he was charged with corruption for receiving a valuable consideration, a gold Toyota Land Cruiser, while employed as PSP. On count three, Morupisi, his wife, and R7 Group were charged with money laundering for receiving and converting a Toyota Land Cruiser bought from South Africa, knowing or suspecting it was derived from the commission of corruption.

In his appeal, Morupisi argues that Gabanagae’s conclusions are not supported by evidence but rather speculation, suspicion, and conjecture. He claims that Gabanagae failed to consider his side of the story and that there is no finding that his evidence is false beyond reasonable doubt. Morupisi also argues that the charges were improperly split into three counts, resulting in a duplication or multiplication of convictions and sentences.

“The court a quo erred in fact by concluding that it had been demonstrated by evidence that the accused persons did not have money to purchase the land cruiser , when the evidence showed that the payment would be by way of installments “.

He further stated that the court a quo erred in law by failing to automatically acquit and discharge all the accused persons in respect of counts two and three once it determined that there was no evidence that they acted in concert and common purpose.

According to former PSP’s documents before court, he was charged and tried on three counts which essentially is one offence but improperly split into three counts as such, he submits that splitting the charges into three counts prejudiced him as that resulted a duplication or multiplication of convicts and sentences.

“It is submitted that this court is therefore entitled to intervene and set aside all the charges and thereby and acquit the appellant of all the charges. In all the three counts, the key elements is the Gold Toyota Landcruiser. The three counts speak to receiving and converting the same vehicle and this essentially one offence but split into three.”

The state, on the other hand, argues that they correctly joined all the accused persons in counts two and three. They contend that the charges were prepared in accordance with the law and that each count represents an independent corruption predicate serious offense. The purpose of the charges is not only to combat corruption but also to prevent and fight financial crimes such as money laundering.

 

 

 

 

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DJ Bafana’s one man show on the cards

21st February 2024

DJ Bafana, a talented DJ from Francistown, is gearing up to host his very own one-man show, a groundbreaking event that aims to not only showcase his skills but also empower fellow musicians. This ambitious project is currently in the planning stages, with DJ Bafana actively seeking out potential sponsors to help bring his vision to life.

In a recent interview with WeekendPost, DJ Bafana revealed that he is in talks with two potential venues, Limpopo Gardens and Molapo Leisure Gardens, to host his show. However, he is facing challenges in securing sponsorships from companies, particularly those who do not fully understand the importance of music-related events. Despite this setback, DJ Bafana remains determined to make his one-man show a reality and to use it as a platform to empower and support other artists in the industry.

What sets DJ Bafana’s show apart is the fact that he will be making history as the first person living with a disability to host a one-man show in Botswana. This milestone is a testament to his resilience and determination to break barriers and pave the way for others in similar situations. By showcasing his talent and passion for music, DJ Bafana is not only proving his worth as an artist but also inspiring others to pursue their dreams, regardless of any obstacles they may face.

As DJ Bafana continues to work towards making his one-man show a reality, he remains focused on his goal of empowering and uplifting his fellow musicians. Through his dedication and perseverance, he is setting an example for others to follow and showing that anything is possible with hard work and determination. The date for the show is yet to be announced, but one thing is for certain – DJ Bafana’s one-man show is sure to be a memorable and inspiring event for all who attend.

 

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Lady of Soul remains tenacious as ever

21st February 2024

Radio Personality Tebogo Sekgoma affectionately known as Lady of Soul is determined to keep pursuing her ambitions vigorously, in spite of hurdles and stumbling blocks.

In an exclusive interview with this publication, Sekgoma divulged that she is working on her memoir. Although she won’t reveal much, the broadcast veteran said she will essentially be telling the story of her life.

The former Sunday Live host is also serving as a board member (Secretary General) at Botswana Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (BABPS). She is actively involved in advocating for the rights of the visually impaired, a hiccup she refused to succumb to.

 

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Inside the new disability Law

21st February 2024

The new Disability Law in Botswana is a significant step towards ensuring the rights and inclusion of persons living with disabilities in the country. This act, which was passed into law on the 11th of December 2023, is a reflection of Botswana’s commitment to upholding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

One of the key provisions of the act is the prohibition of discrimination against persons with disabilities in work-related matters. This means that employers will no longer be able to discriminate against individuals based on their disability when it comes to hiring, promotion, or any other aspect of employment. This is a crucial step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

The act also establishes a National Disability Council, which will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the act and ensuring that the rights of persons with disabilities are protected. This council will play a vital role in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities and ensuring that they have equal access to opportunities in all areas of life.

In addition to prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, the act also sets out disability standards that must be adhered to by employers and other entities. These standards are designed to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to access the same opportunities and services as everyone else, without facing any barriers or discrimination.

Furthermore, the act provides for actions plans to be developed to address the needs of persons with disabilities, as well as administrative penalties and fines for those who fail to comply with the provisions of the act. This sends a clear message that discrimination against persons with disabilities will not be tolerated in Botswana.

Overall, the new Disability Law in Botswana is a positive step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all. By prohibiting discrimination in the workplace and setting out clear standards for the treatment of persons with disabilities, this act will help to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their abilities, have the opportunity to fully participate in society.

 

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