Saturday, April 4, 2020

Former PS to appear on corruption charges

Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Lands, Elvidge Mhlauli, is tomorrow (Monday) expected to appear before Gaborone Chief Magistrate, Lot Moroka, to answer corruption charges.

According to the charge sheet, Mhlauli, whilst acting as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Lands, abused his office and knowingly made a false statement in an affidavit. The charges arise from his controversial award of land in Gaborone which is currently occupied by River walk Mall.

Mhlauli, who has since retired from work, is represented by Kgalaletso Monthe whilst the state is represented by Wesson Mantswe.

The case against Mhlauli follows the findings of the Lesetedi Land Commission which was appointed by President Festus Mogae to look into allegations of illegal land allocation in and around Gaborone.
In a related case, a former Gaborone City Council employee, Molapisi and former Department of Lands employee Andrew Rugaganisa on Monday appeared briefly to answer corruption charges.
This is in relation to corruption charges leveled against them in allocation of a piece of land on which the Managing Director of Nina Properties Barzoo Parastaran constructed a school.

It is alleged that the two officials gave false information on the intended use of the land.
Meanwhile, Mantswe has indicated that they intend to appeal against a judgment passed by former Gaborone Broadhurst Magistrate Court Principal Magistrate Terence Rannowane who discharged and acquitted Parastaran from charges of having lied under oath when making an application for the controversial piece of land.

Rannowane in his judgement said that there was doubt in his mind that Parastaran had knowingly lied when he stated in the application that Javenah Mahmoud was a Director of his company and that the Court can not convict where there is doubt.
This, he said, was so because there was evidence that he had instructed his Company Secretaries to include Mahmoud’s name in the names of the company’s secretaries.

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