Saturday, December 3, 2022

‘Give former Debswana Systems Administrator access to computers’ – Magistrate

In an interesting twist in the case Joe Matome and Garvas Nchindo are facing fraud and corruption charges, Southern Regional Magistrate, Lot Moroka, on Monday issued an order that former Debswana Information Technology Systems Administrator, Paul Conlon, be given access to the computers he had access to whilst working for the company in 2005.

The order followed after the defence had produced different documents containing similar information relating to the letter Matome is alleged to have written on the 17 of May, 2002 in relation to the purchase of a Debswana house in Central Gaborone.
The letter is the basis of the fraud charge against Matome.

Moroka also ordered that the current Systems Administrator of Debswana appear in Court to give evidence on custodians of the systems at their offices after the departure of Conlon.
The former Debswana employee said that he had access to most of the company employees’ files whilst working for Debswana, including that of Matome.

The prosecution is currently left with about four witnesses before it closes its case.
Amongst the witnesses still expected to give evidence is former Director of Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime, Tymon Katlholo, who was present in the Court buildings awaiting his turn to give evidence in the marathon criminal trial, which has now been dragging on for two years.
The two accused persons sat in the dock emotionless whilst their trial, which used to take place in full Court, now only attracts a few journalists and audience continued.
The case is expected to end in two weeks’ time.

Nchindo and Matome are facing 13 counts against the 36 they initially faced at the beginning of the trial.

The other counts were dropped by the state after the mysterious death of Louis Nchindo, whose torso was found in the wilderness in the Chobe District a few days after he had disappeared from his Kasane mansion.

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