Friday, September 25, 2020

Suspense in the air as Kgosi’s first court appearance looms in the NPF case

When the accused persons appear for a next hearing at the Gaborone Magistrate Courts, they will find standing next to them a new man on the dock as Isaac Kgosi, the former head of the DIS (Directorate of Intelligence Services) has been added to the list of accused.

Information picked up by Sunday Standard is that among others Kgosi will face charges related to racketeering and also abuse of office.

Former President Ian Khama is mentioned among the witnesses.

“It is because he [Khama] has become aware of the latest developments you see him behaving more irrationally,” said a source close to the developments.

The State has engaged the services of Shaun Abrahams, a Senior Counsel from South Africa who has previously served as Director of the national Prosecuting agency before his appointment was declared unconstitutional and invalid by that country’s highest court, the Constitutional Court.

After studying the case Abrahams decided and advised that Kgosi should be enjoined to the list of the accused.

It was when Kgosi was at DIS that close to P250 million of the national Petroleum Fund money were transferred to buy weapons and other military equipment from Israel.

The other accused include Bakang Seretse who was responsible for managing the account that handled the money, Basis Points.

Also accused is Sadique Kebonang, a former minister responsible for minerals and energy.

Zein Kebonang, a High Court judge and a twin brother to Sadique is also part of the accused.

The other accused is a former senior officer at the ministry responsible for energy where the NPF was domiciled, Kenneth Kerekang.

Documents released show that Isaac Kgosi had made a string of requests for NPF money saying the DIS intended to build fuel storage facilities.

After the money was released Kgosi then went on to write asking to make variations so that the same money could be used for buying drones, training personnel for VIP protection and also purchasing guns.

The reason for the variation, said Kgosi in his letters was because poaching and human trafficking had become a priority that DIS needed to attend to.

When the charges were first made, many legal observers expressed surprise that Kgosi had been left out.

Not explanation was proffered by the State because Kgosi was viewed as the epicenter of all events surrounding shenanigans at the NPF.

Kgosi’s enjoinment into the case has now aroused great interest with the State now weighing the possibilities of calling former President Ian Khama as a witness.

This because Kgosi reported directly to the president when he was head of the intelligence services.

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