Tuesday, June 15, 2021

DCEC arrests Kerekang again in money laundering case

Drama ensued on Thursday when the Chief Executive Director of Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority (BERA) Kenneth Kerekang who is facing money laundering charges was re-arrested by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) officers after his brief court appearance at the Broadhurst magistrate court.

Kerekang who has been charged jointly with businessman Bakang Seretse and businesswoman Botho Leburu is currently on bail.

During Kerekang’s arrest, his attorney Kgosietsile Ngakaagae engaged in a bitter exchange with DCEC agents describing each other as “stupid.”

He indicated that he was failing to understand why his client was being re-arrested by the DCEC agents.

Earlier on the state counsel Ambrose Mubika had told the court that the DPP had decided to amend the charge sheet as the initial one did not have sufficient information relating to the charges. The defense did not object to the amended charge sheet.

Mubika had also told the court that the investigations regarding the case were at an advanced stage adding that the DPP would appraise the court on the status of the investigations during the next mention.

However, this did not go down well with Ngakaagae who accused the State of “putting the cut before the donkey.”

He told the court that the state had a bad tendency of arresting suspects before conducting investigations.

Meanwhile, the amended charge sheet states that “on a date unknown to the prosecution but between the 5th September 2017 and 27th November 2017 in Gaborone in the Gaborone Administrative District of the Republic of Botswana, acting jointly and with common purpose received, possessed, disguised and disposed of Two Hundred and Fifty Million Pula (P250 000 000.00) knowing or suspecting or having reasonable grounds to know or suspect that the money was derived or realized in whole or in part, directly or indirectly from the commission of a confiscation offence, to wit, theft.”

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