Friday, November 27, 2020

Police officer, spouse’s case to be heard February 23

A case in which the former Botswana Police Service paying officer, Inspector David Williams, and his wife, Seonyana, are accused of having swindled the government of Botswana of over P2 million is again scheduled to be heard on February 23 before Gaborone Village Magistrate, Nkosinathi Moyo.

This ends a three-year stalemate through which the case has gone.
The case was recently transferred to Moyo after Gaborone Principal Magistrate, Nehemia Mguni, who was to hear the matter, was transferred to Letlhakane late last year.

The case has experienced a three-year stalemate, following the departure of former Gaborone Principal Magistrate, Banyatsi Mmekwa, to join private practice.

After his departure, there were attempts to bring him back to the Court to complete the matter but they all failed.

The Williams’ lawyer, Letsweletse Dingake, then mounted a civil case, alleging that the state, in failing to prosecute them within reasonable time, had violated their constitutional right to be heard within a reasonable time and wanted Lobatse High Court judge, Isaac Lesetedi, to permanently stay the case.

Lesetedi dismissed the case stating that the delay by the state had reasonable reasons on why they could not prosecute them within reasonable time. Besides that, he said, the accused were also to blame for the delay at some of the times of the trial and therefore could not now claim that the government was wholly to blame for the delay.

Amongst people expected to give evidence in this matter are Police officers who will claim that their accounts had been, at one stage, credited with money from unknown persons but then the monies were withdrawn.

The accused persons’ nephews and cousins, who are also police officers, are also expected to give evidence in the case.

Bafi Nlanda of the Directorate of Public Prosecution is prosecuting the matter.

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