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Prosecutor says Gum’s lawyers delaying case

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The state prosecutor in a corruption case against transport Company – IRB Transport – owned by Member of Parliament for Tati East, Moyo Guma, has accused the defence lawyers of delaying the completion of the investigations.

Appearing before Village Chief Magistrate, Linah Oahile-Mokibe on Friday, Letswalo Mpho said they wrote a notice order to the lawyers on 10th September so that they could furnish documents to Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), to conclude its investigations against the company.

“The same day the first respondents through their lawyers responded promising to submit documents on the 25th September and unfortunately as we speak today that order has not been complied with,” he said. According to Mpho they wanted the company to provide financial statements, balance sheets, shareholder dividends and fixed assets for the years 2008 to 2015.

In the last court appearance, the lawyers and DPP agreed that DCEC be allowed to carry out investigations. “As far as this case is concerned the first respondent is frustrating the investigations in this matter,” explained Mpho. Responding to the accusations, IRB Transport lawyers, Moses Kadye said the DCEC has now spread its investigations wider from the initial application. “The application into this matter was to look into the bank accounts of 2014.

What will those financial statements of 2008 to 2015 have to do with this case? The notice has spread to other companies which have nothing to do with this case and the bank accounts. When the accounts were frozen the money was not there. Witnesses and records are there,” said Kadye. His counterpart, Doctor Pusoentsi, who is representing Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Thapelo Olopeng as the second respondent lashed out at the DCEC saying they are trying to get a fish in a dry dam. “We are shocked at what the DCEC is doing. The goal posts have now changed,” he said. He told the magistrate that if the DPP wants to charge other companies owned by his clients they should do so on a separate matter but not seek information from them as the third party.

“It is legally wrong for me and the DPP to talk about the company that is not involved in this matter. If they want to charge those companies they should write to them and explain what they want from them. They have lost it and (are now) investigating something which is outside this matter,” he said adding that the DPP is harassing his client.

In his affidavit submitted to Oahile-Mokibe on July 13 2015, Standard Chartered Bank Chief Executive Officer Moatlhodi Lekaukau explained that on Thursday May 28 2015, the bank received a letter from the Financial Intelligence Agency (FIA) advising that the agency has reasonable grounds to suspect that the account belonging to Guma’s company was involved in a financial offence.

“The account belonging to the 1st respondent (IRB Transport) and held with the 3rd Respondent (Standard Chartered Bank) Game City mall branch was involved in the commission of a financial offence as defined under the Financial Intelligence Act [Cap 08:07] (“FIA Act”), and thereby directing the bank to halt and/or not to proceed with any debit transaction relating to the account,” reads the CEO’s affidavit.

The amount of over P25 million was found in the company’s account. In 2013, Moyo Guma signed a consultancy agreement with Chinese multinational Sinohydro, which later won a $319million tender to expand the 300 MW Kariba South Hydro Power Station in Zimbabwe. Through his company, IRB, Guma has reportedly brokered multimillion Pula deals between several African governments and Chinese multinationals, in the process earning himself millions in consultancy fees.

He was the middleman when Sinohydro was contracted to build several infrastructure developments in Botswana, including the new Sir Seretse Khama Airport, Kang-Hukuntsi road, Francistown-Ramokgwebana road, Dikgatlhong Dam, Lotsane dam and Francistown/Ramokgwebana road.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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