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Thursday 12 October 2006    
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Moupo pays political debts

RYDER GABATHUSE
Staff Writer

10/12/2006 12:26:59 PM (GMT +2)

FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana National Front (BNF) president, Otsweletse Moupo, has reportedly paid the political funds he has owed three opposition parties for the last two years. The embattled Moupo was given about P150,000 by an unknown benefactor in 2004 through his equally troubled law firm to distribute to BNF, Botswana Alliance Movement (BAM) and Botswana People's Party (BPP).


The funds were meant to assist the three parties in their campaigns for the 2004 general elections, but till this year, the money was still outstanding and the matter became public knowledge after Moupo's troubled law firm was struck off the register for failing to conform to the law. It is understood that the law firm's trust account where the money was deposited was in bad shape. However, BNF publicity secretary, Moeti Mohwasa told Mmegi yesterday that his party has finally been paid its share of the money.

He declined to reveal more saying that the matter is private and not for the press. "By the way, that the BNF and BAM were paid their owed monies from Moupo's law firm trust account is business for the concerned parties and not the press," he stressed Contacted for comment yesterday, BAM president, Epharaim Setshwaelo referred all inquiries about the payment to the party treasurer, Moseki Matlhodi. "I have received a call from Setshwaelo a while ago informing me that he is in possession of a cheque emanating from Moupo's law firm," Matlhodi told Mmegi yesterday. He believes that the cheque is the payment for outstanding funds, which were to help them in the 2004 general elections.

"We have recently written to the law firm demanding the payment and since that is the only funds we are expecting from the law firm, I have reasons to believe that it is the settlement for our outstanding debt," he said. The BPP were first to receive their share sometimes this year after pushing their case through a mediator. Send us your comments about Mmegi newspaper Search For Old Newspaper Editions To advertise contact us through email

 
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