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Parliament summons Mathokgwane

After ditching Parliament; his constituency and the motion to investigate allegations of corruption, maladministration, nepotism, misappropriation of funds and failure to follow good practices at Statistics Botswana former MP James Mathokgwane will be called to give evidence before a Parliamentary committee.

The committee on Statutory Bodies and State Enterprise will sit on 22-25 June 2015 at 0900 hours to 1630 hours to examine the books of Accounts of Statistics Botswana and to consider the motion passed by Parliament in the second meeting of the eleventh Parliament.

Mathokgwane who was part of the committee will be summoned to give evidence before the committee.

Speaking to Sunday Standard the committee’s chairperson Guma Moyo said Mathokgwane’s departure cannot affect the mandate of the committee. “The committee will proceed with what it is tasked to do; he will be summoned to give evidence about alleged corruption and maladministration before this committee,” Moyo said.

Whilst he was Member of Parliament Mathokgwane brought the motion to investigate Statistics Botswana before Parliament. The motion was later passed by Parliament; the motion reads as follows: “that this honourable house request the committee on Statutory Bodies and State Enterprises to meet as a matter of urgency to investigate allegations of corruption, maladministration, nepotism, misappropriation of funds and failure to follow good practices at Statistics Botswana.”

The former Mabule/Good hope legislator is currently the new Director Regional Operations at the Selibe Phikwe Economic Diversification Unit (SPEDU). His appointment three days after resigning from active politics was marred with controversy. The opposition, Botswana Congress Party has called for investigations into his appointment.

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