Sunday, October 17, 2021

DIS, DCEC, CRIB probe BIUST graft

Various security agents have joined hands to investigate the mysterious disappearance of more than 400 computers at Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) 

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), Crime Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) and the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) are conducting parallel investigation at BIUST following reports of corruption and criminal activities that have rocked the institution.

It is understood that more than 400 computers worth millions of Pula went missing when the institution was relocating from Oodi to Palapye about five years ago. BIUST only learnt about the alleged theft of computers recently when police raided several key offices at the institution.

Suspected whistleblowers at BIUST who gave security agents a tip off about the missing computers are allegedly being threatened with reprisals by the school management.

Detective Assistant Police Commissioner of Criminal Investigation Department for North Central Division, Lazarus Moalosi confirmed that they were conducting several investigations at BIUST that include embezzlement of funds and the disappearance of computers.

“It is true that we are conducting several investigations and the investigations are still at the infant stage,” he said. So far no one has being charged, he indicated.

 DCEC spokesperson Nlayidzi Gambule said “DCEC is still investigating corruption allegations at BIUST”.

 He added that “at this juncture I cannot say when the investigations will be completed.”

He said the DCEC was not aware of any whistleblowers that are being threatened by the school management.

“I appeal to any whistleblower to report immediately to DCEC because it is a criminal offense to harass such person or persons,” he stated.

Contacted for comment BIUST spokesperson Keoagile Rafifing said their policy does not allow them to discuss the matter with the media.

“The contractual agreement between the employer and the employee is always a classified and confidential matter. As a result, it cannot be discussed with third parties. Therefore, we cannot discuss the university-employee relations and associated matter in the public domain,” he said. 

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