Sunday, October 25, 2020

Murdered businessman linked to probe against DIS?

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) this week refused to be drawn into discussing reports that a local Information Technology businessman, who was last week found allegedly murdered next to his house in Phakalane, had a few days earlier been summoned for questioning by the graft busters in connection with investigations about allegations of corruption at the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services.

DCEC spokesperson, Lentswe Motshoganetsi, told the Sunday Standard that he could neither deny nor confirm reports that the businessmen, whose name is known to this paper, had earlier been called in for questioning as part of their investigations against alleged corruption at DIS.

A few days later, the businessman was found murdered and dumped into a ditch not far from his house in Phakalane. Unconfirmed reports state that the businessman was shot with a gun and hacked with what is believed to be an axe before his body was dumped into a ditch.

The businessman, a Motswana by registration, is understood to have done business with DIS.

Sunday Standard investigations have revealed that other than the allegedly murdered businessman, the DCEC also called in DIS Director General Isaac Kgosi for questioning in connection with a P105 million Public Key Infrastructure project (PKI) which is a multi-factor authentication system, comprising the use of finger prints and pin codes to control access into the government information system.

As part of the investigation, the DCEC waylaid a DIS truck transporting shredded files to a dumping site. The truck was later released because the files were allegedly old documents that the DIS inherited along with the building from Radio Botswana.

Also expected to be called in for questioning is a Serbian information technology expert with business links to DIS who is believed to have had an interest in the controversial multi-million pula project.

Also expected to be called in for questioning are local IT consultants who had been engaged to make a presentation on Identity Management (IDM) to government, paving way for the multi-million pula PKI project.

The local consultants are understood to have advised against PKI, arguing that it is not practical and viable under the current government system.

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