Monday, March 30, 2020

Kgosi’s alleged partner in crime arrested

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DECEC) last week arrested and detained business man Richard Miles who has been on the run for quiet sometimes after being linked to alleged corrupt practices by former Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) Isaac Kgosi. Sunday Standard investigations have turned up information showing that the DCEC on 5th March arrested and detained Miles for possible questioning on his association with Kgosi. This is in relation to among others allegations that he gave Kgosi close to 200 breed of cattle while he was still Director General of DIS.An undercover official insider said Miles has been under surveillance for quite sometimes. “He was on the list of wanted persons associated with Kgosi and was placed on the list of those under warrant of arrest. He is currently in police custody,’’ said an insider 

On the 13th January 2019, this publication reported that an eye witness detailed on how a BURS team driving GP number plate vehicles swooned on a number of farms linked to commercial farmers who have been dealing with the former DIS boss.The BURS investigation unearthed supporting information for the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) investigation into Kgosi’s alleged relationship with AfricIntel boss Richard Miles.The information that Miles gave Kgosi close to 150 prime breed herds of cattle under questionable circumstances is expected to build on earlier investigations by the DCEC that sometime in 2010, the DIS fraudulently awarded  AfricIntel a tender worth P100 million to train its intelligence and security personnel.Sunday standard understand that in turn, AfricIntel subcontracted another British company, Bowman Risk Management to do the training. AfricIntel only provided the premises (for training) and transportation. The total bill by Bowman (the subcontracted company) was just over P1.5 million.

Surprisingly, AfricIntel slapped the government with an invoice of P100 million.Investigations revealed that Bowman’s director, Peter Phelan had submitted all the company’s invoices to the main contractor, AfricIntel, which then inflated the costs by close to P98.5 million.A dispute subsequently arose between Phelan and AfricIntel because the Bowman’s boss demanded that his share be increased in light of the inflated invoice presented to government. Sunday Standard has established that Phelan has agreed to testify against AfricIntel and Isaac Kgosi.Further investigations have revealed that the DIS under Isaac Kgosi allegedly bought training premises at Kgale Mews) from Richard Miles of AfricIntel under dubious circumstances. The premises were also overpriced.

The DIS deputy director Tefo Kgotlhane told DCEC investigators that Kgosi told him he “liked the premises”.Richard Miles was also in partnership with the late Super Koontse in AST Botswana, a subsidiary of the JSE listed AST group which was in 2000 awarded the contract for the design, supply and implementation of the National Livestock Identification and Trace-back System (LITS) for Botswana`s Ministry of Agriculture. Koontse however later died under mysterious circumstanceDCEC Chief Spokesperson Lentswe Motshoganetsi confirmed the arrest and detention of an individual but could not give more details arguing that investigations are still fresh and don’t want to compromise investigation, especially that the suspect was arrested on Thursday.

“Kindly note that the DCEC policy does not allow discussions on matters that are still under investigation. Therefore i cannot comment on some allegations you have raised, but It is true that the DCEC arrested and detained someone in connection with some investigations yesterday (5th March 2020) and that investigations are still continuing on the matter, ’’said Motshoganetsi.

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