Saturday, September 25, 2021

Govt still to appoint DPP

Months after the head of public prosecution died, President Ian Khama is still to announce the replacement.

The position of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) fell vacant following the death of former DPP Lenard Sechele sometime last year.

Information passed to this publication suggests that within the legal fraternity questions are being raised as to why few people have applied for the position.

The publication so far is aware of only applicants being Matlhogonolo Phuthego who is based  in Francistown, Susan Mangori based in Gaborone and Patrick Gabaake.

A former private attorney and magistrate, Gabaake is currently working for the International Criminal Court in Arusha, Tanzania.  

Meanwhile the acting DPP Kabo Leinaeng is acting.

He has however not applied.

Contacted for comment the acting Attorney General Chambers Morulaganyi Chamme said the appointment of the new DPP is probably expected in April this year.

He said the process is still ongoing but once the process has been completed the suitable candidate will be announced by the state president. 

He explained that AG only does the administration part and the final decision is done by the president Ian Khama.

When asked how many people have applied for the position he replied; “I am sorry I cannot divulge to the press how many people have applied.” 

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