Wednesday, September 30, 2020

DCEC P21 million CMS fraud case investigator

A Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC)) officer who was investigating the high profile case in which the Ministry of Health was defrauded of P21 million at the Central Medical Stores, was forced to resign from the Directorate after it emerged that his friendship with the suspects might compromise investigations.

Information reaching The Sunday Standard indicates that the officer’s involvement in the case was perceived to be detrimental to government investigations as he was harboring the accused persons at his house.

Following intensive internal investigations on the issue, the said officer was given an option to either resign voluntarily or face immediate expulsion.

Following complaints that the DCEC was bungling the investigations, the Directorate on Intelligence and Security was roped in to take over the investigation.

DCEC head, Rose Seretse, confirmed that one of her officers, who were assigned to the CMS case, had resigned from her organization.

Though she would not disclose details, Seretse confirmed that there were some allegations that were leveled against the officer, but refused to shed light on the findings of the subsequent internal investigations.

She also confirmed that the case was taken off the DCEC and transferred to the DIS, who are handling the case to date.

Seretse, however, denied allegations that the case was transferred to the DIS because the DCEC was incompetent, emphasizing that, as state security organs, they complement each other’s efforts instead of competing with each other.

“We did not have any problem with the case taken over by DIS because they are also part of us, we assist each other with investigations and share information which is beneficial to both parties.”

The 11 accused persons in the case, Sierra Leone national Patrick Cole, Clement Molefe, Jabulani Johnson, Norman Maja, Aaron Babolele, Lebogang Kaisara, David Tumagole, Otsile Mosarwe, Jenamo Nfana, Bushi Nthibo and Abraham Marumo, are said to have swindled CMS of close to P21 million.

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