Tuesday, January 18, 2022

DCEC investigates how Kgosi docket was leaked

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) has launched a massive investigation into circumstances that led to a docket on a classified investigation into questionable financial transactions by the Director in the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS), Isaac Kgosi ended up being leaked to the media.

Reports indicate that the DCEC launched a massive and wide sweeping investigation into the leak after incepts from docket number DOC/IF/ 2011/001166 were published in the Sunday Standard and later went viral in other local newspapers and on social media.

Sunday Standard can reveal that the Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CRIB), led by detective senior assistant commissioner David Mosetse, has been assigned to investigate media houses in a bid to find out how they came to be in possession of the docket. The bureau will also investigate whether there may have been crimes that were committed by the media publications in the process of acquiring the Kgosi investigation docket.

It understood that once a criminal element has been established, criminal charges will be laid against the perpetrators. A number of local journalists are expected to be questioned as part of the investigation.

DCEC spokesperson, Lentswe Motshoganetsi said “DCEC is gravely concerned about the leakage of information in this matter and investigations are on going to determine where the leak came from.”
He added that at this juncture he is not at liberty to disclose what actions will be taken against those found to be culpable as that might compromise the outcome of investigations.

“We are working around the clock with other law enforcement agencies to establish where the leakage might have come from,” said Motshoganetsi.

Asked when the DCEC would forward the docket to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Motshoganetsi gave the standard DCEC response: “We cannot comment on this matter as investigations are ongoing. Due process will take its course”.

He said it was paramount for the DCEC to protect the integrity of its investigations. He explained that after a matter is classified for investigations, it is kept under strict confidentiality and the DCEC enters into confidential communication with sources and only those who are concerned in the investigations. He further revealed that the matter is made public, through a press release, only when it is registered in court, because at that time it would be in the public domain.

“The DCEC operates through informers who might be alarmed by the current state of affairs; hence we are treating this matter very seriously. We are under pressure to reassure our sources of our commitment towards maintaining confidentiality and fighting corruption,” he said.

Motshoganetsi said it is the first time in the history of the DCEC for an investigation to be given so much attention and publicity before it reaches the courts.

“The situation if further compounded by easy access to social media, which makes it viral,” said Motshoganetsi.

Reached for comment, Botswana Police spokesperson, assistant commissioner Christopher Mbulawa said he could not comment on the issue because the Police never discuss their investigations in the media.

“I cannot say whether there are any investigations of such nature or not or not,” he said.
Last month the DCEC failed in its bid for a court order restraining the Sunday Standard from publishing information from docket DOC/IF/2011/01166 relating to investigations against Kgosi. The Attorney General, represented by Morulaganyi Chamme also wanted the court to issue an interim order that the Sunday Standard should return to government “all tapes, documents, material, information emanating from the docket within 24 hours.” Instead, Justice Michael Leburu issued an interim order that the Sunday Standard can go ahead and publish, but is restrained from reproducing verbatim extracts from interviews conducted by the DCEC.

In her founding affidavit, DCEC Director General, Rose Seretse confirmed the authenticity of the information used in the two front page stories ran by the Sunday Standard. She stated that stories were made of excerpts from the interview of Kgosi by one Don Mackenzie who is a former employee of the DCEC.

“I must indicate that the said extracts were quoted verbatim with no modifications,” she said.
She added that publication of the information has potential to deter potential witnesses from assisting the DCEC with their investigations, and future informants from reporting corrupt practices.

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