Thursday, October 28, 2021

Deputy PS call on state support against UDC lawsuit

Former Acting Permanent Secretary in the Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Dr Obolokile Obakeng has petitioned the Attorney General seeking legal representation following the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)’s intention to sue him over the P250 million National Petroleum Fund saga.

In a savingram dated 2nd March 2018 titled “request to take over my defense”  addressed to Attorney General Abraham Keetshabe, Obakeng appeals to the Attorney General to make an undertaking that the State would represent him as the UDC intends to sue him over the National Petroleum Fund scandal.

Obakeng who is currently the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation says “we are in receipt of statutory notice of intention to sue from Dingake Law Partners acting on behalf of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).”

Obakeng added that “they are intending to sue me in my personal capacity although I acted wholly and actively in my official capacity.In this regard, I’m asking the Attorney General to take over my defense should it find it way to Court.”

Among those that the UDC intends to call to render an account include former Director General of Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Isaac Kgosi, former Director of Energy Kenneth Kerekang and Obakeng himself in their personal capacities.

In a statutory notice dated February 21, 2018 the UDC wants an order directing Obakeng or alternatively the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to provide an accounting in respect of “all deposits made into the National Petroleum Fund since its inception; an accounting in relation to each of the transactions accompanied by all or any vouchers relating to any such disbursements and the purpose of each any disbursements made in respect thereof”.

The UDC also wants“…An order declaring as unlawful and null and void all payments made from the National Petroleum Fund at the instance of Mr Isaac Kgosi in his capacity as the director general of Directorate of Intelligence and Security as per savingram dated 23rd October 2017 and related savingrams and/or in his personal capacity and/or by Obolokile Obakeng in his capacity as acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security (as per savingram dated 24th October 2017 and related savingram) and in his personal capacity and in his capacity as the acting Permanent Secretary and Mr K Kerekang in his capacity as the Director in the Ministry of Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security and in his personal capacity.”

Businessman Bakang Seretse, Botho Leburu, Kerekang and Khulaco Pty Ltd have since been charged with a single count of money laundering, contrary to Section 47 of the Proceeds and Instruments of Crime Act.

Their lawyer Kgosietsile Ngakaagae has since questioned the wisdom of not laying charges against other stakeholders in the matters such as Kgosi and Obakeng among others. He has since complained that the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is shielding the Kgosi from prosecution.

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