A prosecutor at the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) was dragged before the Francistown magistrate court charged with soliciting for a bribe of P200.
Investigations conducted by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) have revealed that the accused person, Bose Africa Senome, aged 52, on or about 18th March last year in Francistown being the public officer and working as persecutor counsel corrupted the justice system by soliciting and accepting P200 from Mooketsi Pikinini as a reward.
The investigations revealed that the reward was meant to influence the prosecution Counsel, Chimbisani Sechele, on his behalf not re-register his criminal case that had been dismissed for want of prosecution by the Francistown Magistrate Court.
The DCEC Public Relations Officer, Lentswe Motshoganetsi, told Sunday Standard that “since the establishment of DCEC, this is the first case of its kind”.
Asked whether DCEC might be conducting any investigations on the credibility of persons employed in the judicial system Motshoganetsi was reluctant to respond.
“As you are aware, DCEC can only confirm when the case has been registered before a court of law but when the matter has not yet been registered before court, it becomes very difficult for the organization to confirm or deny whether there are ongoing investigations in a particular matter because that might, in a way, compromise investigations,” he said.
Senome is scheduled to appear for mention before Francistown Magistrate Court on the 20th of this month.
The state is presented by Molaodi Setshego while the accused person representing himself.
Meanwhile some persecutors at the DPP who preferred to remain anonymous for fear of victimization are advocating for the screening of aspiring prosecutors.
They say that as prosecutors, they are “aware of our colleagues who have a tendency of soliciting bribes from accused persons even though we cannot at this juncture single them out”.
They allege that some prosecutors who are notorious for such acts should quit prosecution before being brought to book.
They further said even presiding officers should also be screened as some of the decisions they make are at times questionable.
Prosecutors also recommended improvement of employment conditions of judicial officers so that they are not led into temptation and end up tarnishing the image of the country’s judicial system.