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Morupisi appears for corruption charges

MPHO MOKWAPE
Morupisi and his lawyer Manewe PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES
Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Carter Morupisi has been slapped with three counts of offences alleged to be in connection with the misappropriation of funds from the Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF).

Morupisi, who appeared this morning before Magistrate Goodwill Makofi, is charged together with his wife Pinny Morupisi and the company, R7 Group that the latter is the director of. 

According to the charge sheet Morupisi is charged with three counts of abuse of office, acceptance of bribe by a public officer and money laundering while his wife is charged with only one count of money laundering. 

The particulars of the offence are that on count one, which is abuse of office, Morupisi while employed as the PSP authorised Capital Management Botswana (CMB) to administer the BPOPF funds as a private equity manager and obtained valuable consideration for himself and his wife’s company. 

“The accused person whilst employed as permanent secretary to the President, a public officer who held the position of board chairperson for BPOPF on or about November 11, 2014 without final resolution of the board and while the board’s functions were suspended by order of the court signed a contract with CMB on behalf of

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BPOPF authorising pension funds for himself and his wife company,” the charge sheet reads. 

On count two of acceptance of bribe contrary to Section 26 of Corruption and Economic Crime Act Morupisi is accused of acting together with his wife in her personal capacity and as the director of R7 Group to receive valuable consideration to a Toyota land cruiser for himself and his wife’s company. 

The last count, which charge Morupisi’s wife also carries of money laundering, the particulars of the offence are that they acted together on or about May 15, 2017 and laundered P630,988.99, which amount was proceeds of crime. 

Both the accused persons have their plea reserved and they have been given bail conditions, which include among others payment of P10,000 each, which was determined by the court and never to interfere with investigations or tamper with witnesses.

The case will be back in court on November 12, 2019. Attorney Busang Manewe represents the accused persons while Stephen Tiroyakgosi represents the state.



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