The gloves are now definitely off in a case involving asset manager, Bakang Seretse and others as they claim President Ian Khama, amongst other prominent personalities, benefitted from funds that the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has charged the accused persons on as proceeds of crime.
Seretse, Botho Leburu and Kenneth Kerekang are facing money-laundering charges. They wrote an explosive letter through their lawyer, Kgosietsile Ngakaagae on January 16, 2018 to the Attorney General (AG) in which they talked about a rebuffed request for the meeting to discuss this matter in the national interest.
“The author hereof attended at your office on the 15th January, 2018 with a request to meet with you on a matter of national sensitivity surrounding the case of Bakang Seretse and others, currently running before the Courts,” Ngakaagae wrote.
On Wednesday this week Ngakaagae repeated the allegations in court. He also claimed that Minister Thapelo Olopeng benefited P70,000 from NPF which the Tonota legislature denied on Facebook.
He (Ngakaagae) said on the account of the sensitivity of the issues, their approach was to highlight the issues to the AG verbally before a decision could be taken as to whether or not to officialise the discussion.
“We approached you on the basis of responsibility regard being had the sensitivity of the issues and respect for the offices implicated in the intended discussion. We by no means sought to influence you to take any decision or to compromise your good office. We regret that we now have to write, as we hereby do (sic).”
Ngakaagae said as preferred by the AG’s office, they wished to discuss with him that, “the President of the Republic of Botswana benefitted from the funds that the DPP has charged our clients on as proceeds of crime”.
The letter also claimed that the Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi has also benefitted from the funds. This
“We have evidence to that effect. They too, are naturally aware of that fact. The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has benefitted from the alleged proceeds of crime.
The head of the DIS [Directorate of Intelligence and Security, Isaac Kgosi] has benefitted from the alleged proceeds of crime. Senior politicians, including Cabinet Ministers have benefitted from the alleged proceeds of crime. Senior government officials have benefitted from the alleged proceeds of crime,” Ngakaagae claimed.
Ngakaagae claimed that the BDP benefitted P2 million. The BDP has since challenged those with evidence to bring it forward.
He said they have been advised by sympathetic sources within the intelligence community of plans to kill their clients and those associated to them. “In clients’ interest, we have been put under instruction to advise the public of the intention thereof.
The Commissioner of Police [Keabetswe Makgophe] and the DCEC [Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime] have already been alerted to the threat.”
He added that in light of the afore-going threats, the State shall be held responsible for the deaths of his clients, their attorneys or their family members.
Ngakaagae asserted: “As said, we did not want to officialise these disclosures but your rebuff has left us no choice”.
He said they intend to call on all concerned, as third parties, to indemnify their clients should the court rule that the amounts received by them were proceeds of crime and for them to explain their roles.
For obvious legal reasons, he explained, Khama shall be joined on April 2, 2018.