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Magosi to submit graft evidence against Kgosi

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Director General of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services, Brigadier Peter Magosi is this morning expected to appear before Extension Magistrate court to submit evidence that incriminates his predecessor, Isaac Kgosi, in an illegal tender case.

Magosi is expected to present before Magistrate Batho Kgerethwa, documents that include tender reference and award letters of the tenders allegedly influenced by Isaac Kgosi in favour of brothers, Kegone Sebina and Tshepo Sebina and their companies, as stated in his oral evidence given before court in February 2019.

Magosi has also been instructed by court to produce banking details including bank names, account numbers and other bank details and transactions or any other relevant information relating to money transactions that allegedly took place between the applicants and Isaac Kgosi.

Magosi is also expected to present before court, the list of property, title deeds, lease agreements, certificates of customary land grant and any other document signifying title or interest in the properties he alleged linked Kgosi to the Sebina brothers.

The subpoena comes after the Managing Director of Estate Construction, Kegone Sebina approached the court in what he said was harassment by the DIS and the BURS.

The Sebina brothers however have since stated in court papers that they have never at any stage had any connection with Kgosi.

They state that on on May 31, 2019 BURS requested documents from Estate Construction for purposes of tax assessment.

In the request letter, BURS had wanted to be provided with company documents from 2008 to 2018, a period in excess of eight years, contrary to the provisions of the Income Tax Act.

“At the time of the request BURS had in its possession all the requested documents. All other company records or documents had been seized and confiscated on or about 18th February 2019 during a raid at the company offices by a team of state agents, which included BURS officers,” read the papers.

The DISS boss has since made an application that the Sebina brothers were linked to Kgosi and that they may have been give certain tenders, unduly.

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No water supply in Maun this weekend

*Main water pipe raptured at Nxaraga

*70% water supply shut down for maintenance work

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Most parts of Maun and surrounding areas are expected to experience a dry spell this weekend as the Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) cuts water supply for the next two days.

The department’s head of business, Thabo Ndadi, explained that seventy percent supply of water in and around Maun will be shut down to allow for maintenance of main water pipe to the area.

“This week we discovered that our main water pipe that brings in water from Kunyere boreholes has raptured and thus unable to adequately supply water,” explained Ndadi.

Ndadi further confirmed that they started noticing the leak last month but avoided tempering with it as it was during the lockdown and when the country had just reported first cases of the killer Covid-19 disease.

“Our hope and prayer was that the leak would not become so bad before the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency, but the water pressure has gone down and therefore we have to fix the problem and we cannot do it without temporarily cutting the flow,” added Ndadi.

Seventy percent of water supply in Maun is from boreholes along Kunyere river in Nxaraga area, while the other two boreholes in Shashe and Sexaxa make up the remaining thirty percent.

“This effectively means Maun will be running with a seventy percent water shortage and we are pleading with members of the community to use water with extra care,” Ndadi added.

In fact some areas will go dry for over 24 hours and WUC has advised people to store water for weekend use today because from tomorrow, taps will be completely dry. “Many other homes will get water way beyond the 24 hours, because after maintenance the water has to make a long journey to reach the taps, for some it will take 48 hours or so. In fact the whole recovery process takes seven days so, it may be practically impossible to complete the recovery within 24 hours.”

Meanwhile Thamalakane river has started to fill up, but the WUC water treatment plant in Borolong is yet to start pumping water from the river as they have to wait for at least a month for the water “to be of better quality to be processed for consumption. Right now the water volume is still low for such an exercise but the plant is ready to start operations. Already we have begun testing the water for quality and it not yet where we want it to be,” Ndadi said.

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Man arrested after fleeing police at roadblock

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Sejelo Police in Kanye yesterday arrested a 41-year-old man amid dramatic scenes for traffic offences after he tried to evade the police.

Captured in video footage that went viral on social media since Thursday afternoon, the police officers shot the suspect’s car following repeated attempts to stop him.

Speaking to The Voice Online, Botswana Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Dipheko Motube, confirmed the incident noting that the man had been driving behind his father from Seherelela lands when they were stopped at a roadblock at Moatle.

Motube said when the police were still searching his father’s car, the suspect parked his car, swiftly got into his father’s and drove away.

“The police tried to stop him but he kept on driving away until they reached Kanye. The officers shot the car tyre to stop it from moving. He was also dangerously driving in the middle of the village at a high speed. When he stopped, the police tried to arrest him but he was uncooperative. He was armed with a sharp object and resisting arrest, but our officers managed to disarm and arrest him,” said Motube

The police spokesperson said they were yet to establish why the suspect fled the roadblock.

He said investigations were ongoing to and that the offences were yet to be registered before the suspect can be arraigned before court.

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