Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Former DPSM director charged with corruption

The former director of the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) who was earlier this year sacked from her position appeared briefly before the Gaborone Village magistrate court on Tuesday.

Pearl Matome (47) was this week formally charged with two counts of corruption by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime.

In the first count, the accused person is alleged between October and November 2006 in Gaborone, “while being an employee of a public body DPSM, and while having an interest in the decision of the said public body in the decision to employ Goitsemodimo Precious Sewane, who is an immediate member of her family by reason of her being the said Goitsemodime Sewane’s maternal aunt,” participated in the interview and appointment proceedings of the said Sewane and knowingly failed to disclose the nature of her interest in the employment of the said Precious Sewane to the said public body.

The second count states that Matome is alleged to have on the 13th June 2007, participated in the accelerated promotion proceedings of the said Sewane by the said body, and knowingly failed to disclose the nature of her interest in the accelerated promotion of the said Sewane to DPSM.

The accused person is scheduled to reappear before the Court on November 12 where she will take a plea.

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