Thursday, October 29, 2020

“Nkate is a liar” says former DCEC chief

The former chief of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo, says BEDIA Chief Executive Officer and former Cabinet Minister, Jacob Nkate, is a liar.

Katlholo was on Friday giving evidence in the marathon corruption case against former Debswana group Secretary Joe Matome and the son of former Debswana Managing Director, Garvas Nchindo.
Told by defence lawyer, advocate Craig Webster, that Nkate explained that he gave a different statement in court to the written statement he had earlier given to the DCEC because he was confused, Katlholo said Nkate was a liar.

The statement is on the allocation of land in Gaborone North, Plot 55720, to former Debswana Managing Director, Louis Nchindo.

In his initial hand written statement, Nkate stated that he understood the application for the plot to have been made on behalf of Debswana when it was brought before him. He, however, went back on the statement while in the witness box, saying the application had nothing to do with Debswana.
Webster said Nkate’s confusion could be attributed to the fact that the papers he was given by the DCEC were not in a proper sequence.

Under re-cross examination by state lawyer, Matlhogonolo Phuthego, Katlholo explained that Nkate was not a simple man, but a qualified lawyer who was once a Magistrate and was at the time he made the statement a Cabinet Minister who had held a number of ministerial posts.

Katlholo told the court that he had noted down in his pocket book all documents he had given to Nkate. He explained that the pocket notebook was for capturing important aspects of each document Nkate received, such as dates.

Asked if he could have made mistakes in choosing which documents to give to Nkate, Katlholo said that could not have been the case because he always chooses which documents to give to a particular witness.

Quizzed that the investigations were conducted unprocedurally in that the DCEC prepared charge sheets and made the accused persons appear for mention before recording the statement from former President Festus Mogae, Katlholo explained that they did so because former President Mogae had a tight schedule.

He denied that presentation to Mogae was made six months after the controversial land had been allocated to Nchindo by Nkate. Katlholo explained that what had been done then was not allocation but just an approval of the allocation and that the actual allocation would have taken place after two other stages.

At the end of cross examination, the state withdrew count three on giving false information to former Minister of Water and Minerals, Boometswe Mokgothu, then closed its case.
Advocate Webster then told the Court that they intend to move an application of no case to answer on Monday and that they would like to be given time to do that.

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