Saturday, January 16, 2021

P17m CMS fraud case opens can of warms

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) and the Directorate of Intelligence and the Botswana Police Service are fighting each other over credit for cracking the P17million Central Medical stores (CMS) fraud case, Sunday Standard has been informed.

Investigations were initiated by DCEC and latter taken over by DITS who felt that as a case of cross border crime, it fell within their mandate. DCEC is also reported to be unhappy that DITS took the case to court without consulting the DCEC.

Sunday Standard is further informed that DCEC refused to share information with DITS on the case.
The acrimony is said to have started when DITS went to South Africa to trace the suspects without informing the DCEC.

Things allegedly came to a head last week when DITS arrested 10 suspects along with a DCEC investigator who was later released.
When contacted for comment the director of DCEC, Tymon Katlholo, refused to comment.

The suspects were charged with three counts of obtaining by false pretences and were denied bail because investigations were still ongoing.
The suspects are scheduled to appear in court again on 13th June.

However, it is understood that about ten other suspects are still at large among them a bank manager, a former finance officer and some well-known hard core criminals who are said to have skipped the country.

In a brief interview with Sunday Standard, the minister of Health, Lesego Motsumi, confirmed the theft.
She stressed that “heads are going to roll at CMS”.

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