Friday, January 15, 2021

Trial dates for former DPSM director set for June next year

The former director of the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM), Pearl Matome, on Friday appeared before the Gaborone Village magistrate court for the second time and took a plea.
Case prosecutor from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Kentse Molome, told the court that the accused person should be read the charge sheet and take a plea.

Matome pleaded not guilty to both counts.

The state counsel said they will bring about eight witnesses to testify while the prosecutor told the court that Matome should be cautioned not to talk to key witnesses.

The Chief Magistrate ordered an interdiction that the accused desists from conversing with a certain Monica Tabengwa, until the case is over.

Matome is out on bail and will appear again before court for mention on the 17th of January next year.

The facts of the case state that Matome, 47, was between October and November 2006 in Gaborone, while being an employee of a public body, the DPSM, and while having an interest in the decision of the DPSM to employ Goitsemodimo Precious Sewane, an immediate member of her family by reason of Matome being Sewane’s maternal aunt, participated in the interview and appointment proceedings of Sewane and knowingly failed to disclose the nature of her interest in the employment of Sewane.

The second count alleges that on June 13, 2007 Matome participated in the accelerated promotion proceedings of Sewane and knowingly failed to disclose to the DPSM the nature of her interest in the accelerated promotion of Sewane.

The trial is scheduled to be heard on June 7, 8, 9, 28, 29 and 30 of next year.
Matome is represented by Unoda Mack.

Meanwhile, another deputy director from the ministry of Local Government, Masego Mooketsi, was also dragged to court by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime on two counts of corruption.
She is expected to take a plea on her second court appearance sometime this month.

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