Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Assistant minister facing corruption charges

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions is formulating corruption charges against an assistant minister, bringing to two the number of members in President Khama’s cabinet who will be arraigned in the near future.

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) has been investigating allegations of corruption against the assistant minister and is understood to have sent the case file to the DPP to formulate charges.

The assistant minister was being investigated for tendering corruption he allegedly engaged in before becoming a minister.

This will bring to four, the number of ministers to drop from Khama’s cabinet following allegations of corruption.

The first to be dropped was former assistant minister of Finance and Development Planning, Guma Moyo following reports by the DPP to Khama that they would be formulating corruption charges against him. The charges were never formulated and the case seems to have blown off. The Guma case set a precedent. Last year, Minister of Defence and Security, Ramadeluka Seretse stepped down from Cabinet after the DPP informed him and the president that he will be charged for corruption.

Seretse’s case is still before the court. Khama has still not appointed a substantive minister to the post.

Next on the line are the minister and assistant minister who are likely to be arraigned in the near future. It remains to be seen if Khama will fill their cabinet positions or make acting appointments in line with the precedent set by the Seretse case.

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