Sunday, October 25, 2020

Police say minister Molao’s Facebook account was hacked by BCP activist

Evidence produced by Police before a Francistown High Court points to the fact that a Botswana Congress Party activist who is studying for a Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology might actually have been responsible for hacking a facebook account belonging to Assistant Minister responsible for education, Fidelis Molao.

This follows the seizure of a laptop of the said BCP activist, Motlhaleemang Moalosi by Botswana Police.

Police have written an affidavit saying Moalosi who is a student at BIUST where he is studying for his Masters Degree in Computer Science was involved in the hacking scandal.

Last month the country was brought to a standstill following damning allegations that Kemmonye Amon, a Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councillor had impregnated a 16 year old school girl.

The damning allegations which have also implicated the Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development and Member of Parliament for Shashe West, Fidelis Molao have exposed a Facebook conversation in which the two BDP politicians had allegedly tried to cover up the incident. The Shashe West legislator has however maintained his innocence, distancing himself from the conversation saying that his social media account was hacked and the conversation was fabricated.
In the contested Facebook dialogue, Molao advises Amon to make the 16 year old disappear as the  incident could tarnish the image of the BDP.  

Further as part of the conversation Amon warns that such a mission could only lead to him becoming the prime suspect in the disappearance of the teenager. There has also been mounting pressure from some sectors of the community for Molao to resign his post as Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development. In his interview with the media, Molao has refused to resign saying that he is innocent. He has also maintained that the police should be left to deal with the matter.

Molao handed the issue to the police for investigations, leading to the arrest of BCP politician, Motlhaleemang Moalosi who has also launched a lawsuit against the police for unlawful seizure of his laptop which was used in the investigations. 
In his urgent application which was tendered before Francistown High Court Judge Barnabas Nyamadzabo last week, Moalosi has claimed that the seizure of his laptop was unlawful. He said in his affidavit that he has suffered damages as he uses his laptop for his academic work. 
Moalosi is a student at Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) where he is studying for his Masters Degree in Computer Science. He said his academic work was affected as a result of the confiscation of his laptop.
In his answering affidavit, Detective Superintendent Sergeant Marapo of the Botswana Police who conducted investigations told the court that they have evidence that Moalosi’s laptop was indeed used to fabricate a Facebook conversation between Molao and Amon.  He also said that the seizure of the laptop was crucial in their investigations.
However, Justice Nyamadzabo has postponed the case to allow the parties to familiarize themselves with more of the court papers. The case is expected to continue in court on the 16th of June 2016.

Meanwhile Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Youth leagues have planned to hold a peaceful march on June 16, (The Day of the African Child) in Sebina village to protest against Kemmmonye Amon for impregnating a 16 year old school girl.
Last month, the BCP Youth League handed a petition to Sebina village chief, Kgakanyane Sebina demanding him to force Amon to resign over the sex scandal. 

The so called Sebina Saga has also led to the formation of a separate  #IShallnotforget, a pressure group which has already embarked on a massive protest against the sexual abuse of children.
Speaking to The Telegraph on Monday the National Organizing Secretary of the BCP Youth, Omphile “Mafia” Kelebeile said that the protest on June 16 will begin with a march at Sebina Marobela Fourway Stop to Shangano Junior Secondary School ending with a rally at Sebina Freedom Square in the afternoon.

“We will have all the Youth League Presidents from opposition parties, Tumiso Chillyboy Rakgare from the BCP, Khumoekae Richard from BNF, Phenyo Segokgo of the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) and Smarts Mbaakanyi of the Botswana People’s Party (BPP),” he said

“During our first protest we handed our petition to the village chief to take Amon to task over these allegations and we will be demanding a response from him together with the other village authorities. We are also expecting senior opposition party leaders to come and give us support during this day,” Omphile added.

He said that they chose to hold the protest in conjunction with the commemorations of the Day of the African Child to send a strong message to the nation against the abuse of the girl child.

He also said that during the same day, they will also hand another petition to the Tutume Sub District Council Chairman Ishmael Mokgethi to take Amon to task over the sexual scandal.
“Amon is part of Tutume Sub District Council therefore we want the Council Chairman to also take him to task over this serious issue,” he said.

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