Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Interdicted CTO boss charged with corruption

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) has launched intensive investigations at the Central Transport Organization (CTO) where corruption is alleged to be rampant.

A senior official is expected to appear before the Maun magistrate court sometime this week.
Some CTO employees are alleged to be soliciting for bribes from certain garages that have been awarded tenders to repair government motor vehicles.

It is understood that the DCEC has so far interrogated about a dozen CTO employees.

The alarm came after some garages allegedly alerted the DCEC about some officers who seek bribes before they can award them government tenders.

Meanwhile, the interdicted Maun CTO boss, Taolo Selabeke, who was investigated by DCEC a little while ago, will be arraigned before the Maun Magistrate Court on a single count of abuse of office.
Sometime around September last year, Selabeke is alleged to have authorized and directed the release of two boarded government vehicles to Maun Motors Garage for the stripping of some parts and overhauling of other government vehicles which the Maun Motor Garage was subcontracted to repair.

The Public Relations Officer of the DCEC, Lentswe Motshoganetsi, said, “I cannot confirm or deny that we have launched some investigations at CTO.”

When contacted, the CTO Director General, Laurence Thebe, directed the Sunday Standard to the ministry.

“I am not allowed to speak to the press therefore I ask you to direct those questions to the ministry who are in a better position to respond to your questions,” he said.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Transport and Communications had still not responded to our written questions at the time of going to press.

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