Wednesday, October 21, 2020

DPP to seize Kgosi’s property

The Botswana’s Asset Forfeiture Unit is this week expected to apply to the High Court to seize former Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services Director General, Isaac Kgosi’s property. Property listed for seizure includes Kgosi’s farm in Maboane which is registered under his former driver, Shathani July, his farm in Sentlhane, his house in Phakalane Estates, a hose in Gaborone West BKT, another farm in Ga-Kgatla village and contents of his house in Gaborone Extension 11.

To help speed up the process, the special task team headed by DIS Director General Peter Magosi and Botswana Unified Revenue Services BURS General Manager – Compliance, Kaone Molapo that has been assigned to investigate corruption in high places has co-opted lawyers in a bid to get around delays by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC).

Thato Dibeela who has been seconded to the task team from the DPP is expected to help smooth out disruptions in the investigations which resulted from delays by the prosecuting agency.

The DCEC is also expected to secure authority from the DPP to use its own lawyers to prosecute corruption cases. The current sitting of Parliament is also expected to amend the DCEC Act to give the graft buster authority to prosecute its cases.

The move follows complaint by President Mokgweetsi Masisi and the DIs director General Peter Magosi that the DPP and the DCEC were slowing down progress in the investigation and prosecution of high profile corruption cases.

As part of its investigation against Isaac kgosi for possible money laundering, the task team is expected to interview Choppies Managing Director Ramachandran (Ram) Ottapathu on allegations that Kgosi once gave him P2,4 million worth in US Dollars and the Choppies boss wrote a check out to him for P2,4 million.

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