Thursday, October 22, 2020

DIS contractor gives Kgosi close to P1m

Vladacom, a private company that was given contracts running into tens of millions of Pula by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) paid close to P1 million into DIS Director General Isaac Kgosi’s trust account with a local law firm. Sunday Standard investigations picked the money trail from Vladacom and followed it through the trust fund of a private law firm (known to this paper) which was engaged by Kgosi as conveyancers to handle all the sale transactions and change of titles for the Senthlane farm. Curiously, the farm title deed was changed from Mookami Galetshoge ÔÇô the previous owner to Isaac Kgosi before payment was made.

The law firm later paid for the farm from Kgosi’s trust account he operated with the law firm. This means the purchase of Kgosi’s controversial farm at the upmarket Sentlhane farms was financed by Vladacom. Vladacom was the company contracted by DIS to install Automated Finger Print Identification Systems (AFIS). The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is a biometric identification (ID) methodology that uses digital imaging technology to obtain, store, and analyze fingerprint data. The AFIS was originally used by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in criminal cases. Lately, it has gained favor for general identification and fraud prevention.

Vladacom was also given a multi-million pula tender to install Radio Communication Systems in all DIS installations. Before the unprecedented move by government this week to gag the Sunday Standard, this publication had had run a verbatim account detailing Kgosi’s assertion that he received the P900 000 which he used to buy the farm as a gift from the late former Debswana Managing Director Louis Nchindo. The Sunday Standard could not trace how Kgosi used the money he got from Nchindo but the paper is aware of big curious deposits into Kgosi’s bank accounts with Stanbic Bank and Barclays bank. The paper cannot disclose details of the bank deposits following a gagging order against the newspaper by government. The curious deposits into Kgosi’s accounts and the transaction with Vladacom might form part of the charges to be preferred against Kgosi in the event the threatened court application by the National Amalgamated Local Central Government and Parastatal Workers Union for the application of Kgosi is upheld.

The Sunday Standard is however barred from disclosing details of the questionable transaction with Vladacom following a court order issued Friday restraining the newspaper from “producing verbatim the extracts from interviews conducted by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), with persons whose names shall be made available to” to the Sunday Standard for inspection on condition that these names shall not be disclosed by the newspaper, or their agents to third parties. According to the gag order, the Sunday Standard is also “prohibited from identifying interviews conducted by the DCEC with the afore mentioned persons as the source of their information in respect of any investigation into the conduct of Mr. Seabelo Isaac Kgosi.”

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