Botswana Police Service officer, David Williams, and his wife, Seonyane, who are accused of swindling the government of Botswana of over P2 million are on December 7 expected to appear before former Gaborone Principal Magistrate, Banyatsi Mmekwa, three years after the case was last adjourned.
The case was initially adjourned when Mmekwa left for private practice. After that, several postponements, which were said to have been caused by Mmekwa’s failure to turn up for the trial, followed.
During the impasse, the former Gaborone Chief Magistrate, Takura Charumbira, who currently works in the Lobatse High Court, ended up writing a letter to the Registrar and Master of the High Court, Godfrey Nthomiwa, and expressed concern at the lack of progress regarding the case.
The matter was then assigned to the Deputy Assistant and Registrar of the High Court, Nelson Bopa, to work on. After several meetings with Mmekwa, he agreed to take time off from his work as a private attorney to handle the matter.
Evidence led in this case before it was adjourned was, amongst other things, that Williams, who was working in the accounts department of the BPS, had, on several occasions, credited his nephews’ accounts with large amounts of money and instructed them to withdraw the money and give it to either his wife or to himself.
The two nephews, who both work as police officers, when asked where they had thought their uncle got the large amounts of money from said that they had thought he got it from his business.
They told the court that on all the occasions when they were asked to withdraw the money which had been deposited in their accounts, they were instructed to leave some for their own use.
Some serving police officers also told the Court about large amounts of money they had found deposited in their accounts only to later be asked to make withdrawals.
They denied knowing the sources of such money and that they had not on any occasion withdrawn the money they did not know where it came from and which was more than their salaries.
The case was initially prosecuted by the Director of Public Prosecution, Leatile Dambe, but has now been transferred to Frederick Mpopang whilst Abel Modm is appearing for the defence.
Some police officers are still to give evidence in the matter.