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DEFIANT: Defence lawyers in the NPF money laundering case want charges against their clients dropped

National Petroleum Fund (NPF) money laundering case accused persons on Monday called on Regional Magistrate Court in Gaborone to quash their charges.

The accused persons are Bakang Seretse, Kenneth Kerekang, Khulaco (Pty) ltd, Basis Point (both companies represented by Bakang as Director), M & B Properties Pty ltd ( represented by Bakang Seretse as Director), Member of Parliament for Lobatse and former Energy Minister Sadique Kebonang, Raging Bull Pty ltd- (represented by Sadique Kebonang as Director), High Court Judge Zein Kebonang, Mogomotsi Seretse, Leomog Pty ltd- (represented by Mogomotsi Seretse as Director), Kago Stimela and STM Holdings Pty ltd- (represented by Kago Stimela as Director). There are 65 counts in the charge sheet most of which are for money laundering.

Attorney Kgosietsile Ngakaagae representing most of the accused persons told the court that the only remedy for his clients is to have the indictment quashed. He said the prosecution has failed to avail to the defence further documents that they would like to use in the case.

Ngakaagae told the court that the request for further particulars of the case is to help them to prepare for their plea. “We want to advise ourselves properly on how to plead to the charges. This has got nothing to do with how the charges were crafted. It is not about fixing the charge sheet. The consideration that the court has to make is whether my clients can have a fair trial without such particularities,” said Ngakaagae arguing that they have been unduly denied the documents.

He told the court that the response they got from the state is that the documents are part of evidence. Ngakaagae said should the court not agree with them to quash the indictment then the court is at liberty to decide what order to make. He pointed out that the prosecution should drop the charges and put its house in order to later reinstate the charges if they are willing.

Unoda Mack who is also part of the defence stated that the documents that the prosecution is refusing to avail were availed for the forfeiture application and the restraining application both before the High Court. He wondered if the charges should hold water since the prosecution cannot avail the documents they are requesting.

Senior Counsel Wessen Manchwe representing the prosecution opposed the dropping of the charges. He said Ngakaagae could have made an application to the court requesting that the prosecution be compelled to avail the documents.

“What they are arguing about right now is that the responses we gave them are not adequate. Trial for this case would not be in this court so they can make that application at the trial court which is the High Court. This matter is wrongly before this court and the remedy requested is a wrong one,” Machwe said. The court will deliver its ruling on March 22nd 2019.

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Yvonne Mooka



Many will remember Apostle Joel Keitumele as Ntsoro the comedian who would leave people in stitches with his rib-cracking jokes.

Now an apostle who leads Heavenly International Soul church with his wife Amo Keitumele, he confided in The Midweek Sun that he has never bought powers to make himself and his church powerful as it is often alleged by members of the public.

Two years ago, there were allegations that he had lost his mind after he failed to honour an agreement with a seller of powers in Ghana. “They were saying I was mentally disturbed and that I was being tormented by a snake because I dishonoured an agreement from a seller of powers in Ghana. I have never been to Ghana and the rumours were baseless,” he said, adding that someone even lied that his aunt works at Sbrana Psychiatric Hospital and had seen Keitumele at the hospital.

He also recalled the time he was invited at Btv with now born again Shumba Ratshega. He was wearing two rings. “One was my wedding ring and the other on my right hand was a Versace. A caller asked why I was wearing the other one and there were talks that it’s for powers.” He said he took it off and gave it to the presenter to wear and that nothing happened to him.

Lately, there are allegations that he wears an eagle belt, known in street lingo as ‘Prophetic belt’and purpoted to have powers to increase miracles in church and to attract more people. It is won by several other pastors and prophets among them, Shepherd Bushiri, Alph Lukau, Passion Java and Eubert Angel. He confirmed that he has it. He however said there is nothing like a prophetic belt or prophetic shoes.

“Of recent, God released a cloud of young prophets and these like their older mentors or spiritual fathers are stylish and they like fashion. “We have tapped into that. So most of us have Versace shoes, Eagle belts because we like looking good. People refer to them as ‘Prophetic this and that’ but there is nothing prophetic about them.

It’s just that we like them but we don’t need them for powers,” he said. Keitumele confirmed that he sells the trending shoes and belts at his store in Gaborone. “We just like our belts. Nothing more. The power is in the price. Monna ke monna ka setlhako le lebante,” he said.

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LEGABIBO challenges same sex criminalisation in court tomorrow

Keletso Thobega



The Gaborone High Court will tomorrow (Thursday) hear a case on the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Advocacy group, Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals in Botswana, with the support of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre is challenging Botswana laws on homosexuality. Judges Dube, Leburu, and Tafa will hear this matter from the bench. LEGAGIBO is admitted as a friend of the court.

In May last year, a gay man only identified as ‘LM’ filed a petition with the High Court, arguing that the anti-homosexual laws in Botswana are unconstitutional. In the papers, he argued that decriminalising homosexuality is a human right and is important for everyone to feel safe and welcomed.

“Decriminalising homosexuality is about people’s lives, freedom and their right to live the life they want to and deserve. It is not only about the choice to choose who to love and sleep with but it is also about social security.” A media statement from the two parties indicates that LEGAGIBO seeks to advance submissions before the full bench of the High Court on the practical effect and social impact that sections 164 (a), 164 (c) and 167 of the Penal Code have on the daily lives and experiences of LGBT persons.

“Particularly, the submission illustrates how the criminalisation of same-sex sexual conduct limits LGBT person’s ability to access basic social services, increases their chances to discrimination and infringes on their basic human rights,” it reads.

It further states that “Botswana is a diverse society and the Constitution protects the freedom and dignity of all persons in the country, regardless of whether you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex.” The press release notes that “Over the past three years, the Botswana courts have shown themselves to be champions of jurisprudence which acknowledges the rights of LGBT persons and their rights to equal protection before the law.”

Section 164 of Botswana’s Penal Code stipulates in part that, ‘carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature is outlawed.’ Those convicted are liable to imprisonment of up to seven years.

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