Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Kebonang brothers will not be resigning their respective jobs

Former minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Sadique Kebonang and his twin brother Gaborone High Court judge Zein Kebonang have said that said they would not resign from their respective positions.

Speaking to this publication Justice Kebonang said “I will not resign from my position as a High Court judge.”

He said “why should I resign? for what? As you might be aware one is innocent until proven otherwise, therefore I am not in any pressure to throw in a towel.”  

He explained that sometime last week he was served with court papers showing that he had been charged with money laundering and that he must appear before the regional magistrate court.

He said soon after he was served with the court paper he then wrote and informed the Chief Justice CJ about the matter and also applied for leave until the case had been concluded.

“At the moment I have not received anything from CJ about my request,” he said.

Justice Kebonang said he was shocked at the decision by some individuals to leak his confidential letter that he had written to his superiors and circulated on social media.  He described the decision by some individuals to leak the letter as “unprofessional.”

 “What really shocked me most was the fact that my  charge sheet as well as my letter that I wrote to my superior was allegedly leaked and  was circulating on social media even before I knew that I will be charged,” he said.

He further said that whoever leaked those documents and circulated them on the social media was totally unprofessional and such behavior should be condemned with the strongest terms.

He believes that CJ will never do such a thing but was reluctant to say who he suspected might have leaked the documents.

On the other hand his twin brother Sadique and Member of Parliament for Lobatse also shared the same sentiments with his brother.

“I will never resign from Parliament until the parliament is dissolved next year,” he said.

He added that he has no pressure to quit and he will hang on until the end of the case.

Sadique stated that he believes the charges are malicious and his defense team would make it a point that the truth comes out during the trial.

“There are no beans that will be spilled during the trial but simply the truth and nothing else,” he said.

Sadique revealed that he had owned property in South Africa since 2013 and some of the properties that he had he acquired them before he became a minister.

He categorically distanced himself from owning any property at iTowers in the Central Business District CBD as well as apartments that are situated in Broadhurst.

“Those properties mentioned in the charge sheet do not belong to me,” he said.

The twins were arraigned last Thursday before the Gaborone regional magistrate Masilo Mathaka on money laundering charges and are expected to appear for the next mention on the 19th of February 2019.

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