Thursday, October 1, 2020

Miami Security allegedly embroiled in a P3.8 million tender scandal

The director of Miami Security Company is at the centre of police investigations after he was awarded a fraudulent tender amounting to P3, 8 million from the University of Botswana.
It is understood that the accused person was awarded the two-year tender that will lapse next year while UB has already paid more than half the price.
It is generally believed that corruption at the UB is so rampant that the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime is reported to be poking around the institution.

Last week on Friday, the accused person, Oitsile Moswang, appeared before Extension 2 senior magistrate, Abigail Masawi, charged with two counts of forgery and obtaining by false pretences while his co-accused, Humphrey David Mbire, appeared on Thursday before the same court and another accused, Ozwell Mukanhaire, is still at large.

According to the charge sheet, the first count states that Miami Security PTY, Ltd, Humphrey David Mbire, Otsile Moswang and Ozwell Mukanhaire on or about the 2nd of June 2008 and with intent to deceive the University of Botswana, altered without authority a Botswana Unified Revenue Services Tax Clearance Certificate for Tender Purposes, Certificate number 09955, by changing the date of the Certificate from 27/12/2007 ÔÇô 26/12/2008 to read 02/ 06/2008 ÔÇô 01/06/09 and the name of the company awarded the certificate from Mankgwenyane Printing Investment (PTY) Ltd to read Miami Security (Pty) (Ltd).

On the second count the accused persons, Miami Security (PTY) Ltd, Mbire, Moswang and Mukanhaire on or about the 9th June 2008 at the University of Botswana Campus knowingly and fraudulently uttered false documents, to wit, a Botswana Unified Revenue Services Tax Clearance Certificate for Tender Purposes, Certificate number 0955 to the University of Botswana Tender Board and Tlhabologo Gabasiane and the University of Botswana Tender Board to believe that Miami Security (Pty) (Ltd) had met the criteria set by the Tender board of the University of Botswana when, in fact and in truth, the accused persons knew that the information was false.

The state prosecutor, Mr T. Malambane, told the court that the accused should be remanded in custody because it is a fresh matter and police investigations are on-going.

During his first brief appearance, things took a different turn when the magistrate called Jabulane Ineeleng, the investigating officer, to the witness box and the officer from the Central Police Investigation Unit told the court that the accused person wanted to bribe him and to delay the case for about six months.

The prosecutor told Sunday Standard that the state is expected to bring about 8 witnesses.

He said so far the police have not yet recovered a single “thebe”.

Moswang, still in custody, is scheduled to appear before the court on the 30th of this month.

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