Sunday, February 5, 2023

DCEC raids Boitekanelo College, arrests boss

Boitekanelo College Founding President Dr Tiroyaone Mampane was last week arrested by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) in what appears to be a storm in a tea cup.   Documents which form the basis of the DCEC investigation- copies of which have been passed to the Sunday Standard ÔÇô suggests that the corruption busters may have lost their sense of proportion over an error in a Boitekanelo College invoice to the Department of tertiary education Financing (DTEF).   Documents detailing the chronology of events reveal that Boitekanelo College on 25th April 2016, submitted the original invoice of outstanding DTEF sponsored students tuition fees amounting to P9 118 375.00. This was for 210 students who completed at Boitekanelo College in 2015.Subsequently, a part payment of P3 489 805 was made sometime in March 2017. This left an amount of P 5 628 570 still outstanding.

On 16th October 2017, Boitekanelo College Finance Officer Karabo Moilwa submitted an invoice to recover the outstanding P 5 628 570. There was however an error in the invoice: while it detailed that the payment was for tuition of 12 courses for the period between January 2012 to December 2015, the rubric stated that the invoice was “for diplomas and degree courses for period July 2017 to December 2017.” The Department of Tertiary Education Financing (DTEF) Principal Education Officer Neo Maruping responded on October 23th stating that “I have just been going through the invoice that was submitted to DTEF for the period from August 2017 to December 2017 received from your office amounting to P4,772 320,00. Whilst going through the invoice I noted that most of the students do not appear on the current register of students of sponsored students for 2017/2018 which I have attached for your benefit. In fact it seems most completed their studies this year end of academic year 2016/2017.   

The Boitekanelo College Finance Officer, Karabo Moilwa then responded the following day stating: “Please note that the invoice BC20171016 of amount P4 772 320 is supposed to be a recovery invoice. I have attached the correct list for your perusal as it appears a wrong list is attached in that invoice all together. We have amounts to recover of P9 118 375.00 of which a part payment of P3 489 805 was made sometime in March 2017. Therefore this leaves us with an amount of P5 628 570 still to recover. The invoice of P5265 530.00 is therefore attached and will be submitted this morning at your DTEF. We also have a list of prior uniform charge to recover of the subsequent P600.00 per year with a list to be attached. The student list should not appear in your current register because they have all probably graduated.    On November 1st, Mampane wrote to the Minister of Tertiary Education, Dr Alfred Madigele complaining of the delay by DTEF to settle the outstanding invoice of P5265 530.00.

A week later a DCEC team stormed Boitekanelo College and impounded executive management’s cellular phones and laptops as part of their investigations. Dr Mampane however could not surrender his laptop because it was stolen a while ago and he had not replaced it. The DCEC team however returned the following day stating that they did not believe Dr Mampane’s story that he did not have a lap top. They then conducted another search on the college, when they could not find his laptop; they demanded that he should lead them to his house for a further search. Midway to Mampane’s house, they realised that they did not have a warrant to search his house and it was past official working hours meaning they could not apply for one.

The DCEC then decided to keep Mampane in their custody until the following day when they could apply for a warrant to search his house. During his arrest, he was not allowed to speak to his lawyer, family members and workmates. The warrant was issued Thursday morning and the DCEC team proceeded to search Mampane’s house, but allegedly did not find anything. The team then allegedly seized his wife’s laptop.


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