Sunday, November 29, 2020

Assistant Director charged with corruption

The Ministry of Education and Skills Development will, in a short space of time, interdict one of its assistant directors from duty after she was formally charged with corruption by the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC).

Banabotlhe Margaret Kula, 52, an Assistant Education Director, was last week Wednesday arraigned before the Gaborone Village Chief Magistrate on a single count of corruption to which she pleaded not guilty.

According to the charge sheet, the accused person on or about 30th of April 2010, while employed in the Public Service as an assistant director in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, abused her authority by nominating her brother, Boipuso Nakedi, who was not on the training plan for the year 2010-2011 to further studies at the University of Botswana, an act which prejudiced the rights of other teachers who were due for training.

The accused’s brother a primary teacher at Sebina Primary School in the North East District was expected to purse his Bachelors Degree at UB but the Ministry of Education had to withdraw the scholarship following the completion of DCEC investigations.

The prosecution is expected to bring about eight witnesses who will testify against the accused person.

Her next court appearance is scheduled after fourteen days.

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