Tuesday, December 1, 2020

DEBSWANA accountant in P17 million case

Another major suspect has been nabbed by the directorate of Intelligence Services in the marathon case that involves about 20 suspects, who allegedly defrauded the Central Medical Stores (CMS) of about P17 million.

On Tuesday, Busie Nthibo of Gabane Village and who is an accountant at Debswana, appeared briefly before chief magistrate Lot Morako at the Gaborone Village Magistrate Court.

Nthibo was charged of obtaining by false pretences and he pleaded guilty to the charge.
Ten suspects, all denied bail, have already appeared before the Gaborone Village magistrate court and they will appear again on the 14th of this month.

All the 11 suspects are in custody.
Investigators say that it is just a matter of time before more suspects, including those who have allegedly skipped, are brought in.
It is believed that the branch manager of a major local bank is also on the list of suspects still to be apprehended.

However, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions has been caught in the middle of clashes that flared up over the case involving officials from the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) and the police, prompting the intervention of the Office of the President (OP).

The OP is alleged to have called a special meeting to deal with the acrimony and is understood to have ordered that the three organizations work together and share intelligence information.

It had earlier been reported that the DCEC had been refusing to hand over critical information in its possession saying they are the ones who are investigating the case and accused the DIS of hijacking the case and taking suspects to court without their knowledge.

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