Thursday, April 22, 2021

DCEC mum on suspended officers

The Public Relations Officer Of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime, Lentswe Motshoganetsi, has declined to comment on the matter regarding Abel Mudongo and Nametsegang Dema – two Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime agents stationed in Maun who were in March this year suspended from work “for administration purposes”.

“I am sorry I am not in a position to comment on the matter at this stage and I do not know when I will be able to do so,” Motshoganetsi said.

Suspension of the two officers first came to light during a corruption case against Maun attorney Charles Tlaagae and Nicky Masheko, a serving prisoner.

During his trial, which saw him being convicted and sentenced to a further three years, Masheko had hinted that Mudongo, who was investigating their case, could have acted corruptly during investigations and that led to his suspension.

This resulted in Maun Magistrate Mompati Taolo ordering that the Director of DCEC, Rose Seretse, should appear before him to explain, amongst other things, whether they are investigating information which came up showing that there was payment of money to Mudongo from one of the state witnesses in the corruption case against Tlaagae and Masheko, when the payment was made and to what end it was made.

Instead of the Director appearing before Magistrate Taolo as he had ordered, a senior officer in the DCEC, Ugen Wasetso, appeared and told the Magistrate that investigations against Mudongo were administration investigations that had nothing to do with the corruption case against the two accused persons.

Tlaagae was finally not found guilty of having committed any offence. He has since threatened to sue government for malicious prosecution.

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