Saturday, September 26, 2020

Nchindo case to be heard in two weeks’ time

The much awaited case in which the former Managing Director of Debswana, Louis Nchindo, together with his son, Garvas, Joe Matome and Jacob Sesinyi are facing corruption charges is scheduled to be heard on the 17 of February before Gaborone Chief Magistrate Lot Moroka at the Village Magistrate Court.

It was agreed by both the prosecution and defence counsels that, on that date, the accused persons will first make a plea regarding the charges that have been leveled against them then the trial will proceed two days later.
During a short Court session on Friday, attorney for the defence, Vegeer, of Collins and Newman, told the Chief Magistrate that they were still to be given statements made by President Ian Khama, the immediate former President Festus Mogae and some former Ministers in relation to the case.

Reacting to this, Moroka ruled that the two parties should convene a pre-trial conference to iron out the matter regarding the serving of statements.
Nchindo is, amongst other things, alleged to have made presentations to the current President, to the former President and to the former Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Boometswe Mokgothu, that he would like to acquire some plots in Gaborone in order to help in the government programe of economic diversification when he knew that his intention was to acquire the plots for private use.
The plots are currently at the center of the state case.

Nchindo and Sesinyi have also been charged with numerous fraud cases.
They are charged with having fraudulently obtained amounts of money from Debswana.

The case has, in its beginning, generated a lot of interest, which has at times seen the court room full to capacity.

Recently, Nchindo won a Court case authorizing him to continue with developments on the disputed land in Gaborone.

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