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Mogae is a liar - Nchindo

Staff Writer
Former Debswana Managing Director and businessman Louis Nchindo has come out with guns blazing in a rebuttal following remarks by former president Festus Mogae.

Mogae's remarks were prompted by the unfolding Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) - De-Beers scandal.

In not so many words, Nchindo has called Mogae a liar: "With particular reference to the remarks about myself contained in last week's edition of the Botswana Guardian, attributed to my friend and former President F.G Mogae, these are not only unfortunate and unwise, but sadly manifestly untrue and distorted," Nchindo says in the rebuttal.

The former De Beers and Debswana boss also dismissed reports that he is feeding newspapers with information regarding the dealings between the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and De Beers. 

"A perception has been created, that I might have aided recent media allegations. I would like to state categorically that I have not, in any manner whatsoever, aided the publication of these media allegations," he says.

However, he said he would not respond to the allegations, which have attributed certain activities to him because he is constrained and bound by confidentiality and cannot divulge information about former employers and shareholders with respect to their mutual affairs and that he is "deeply saddened to discover that such confidentialities are not shared by others who were in office at those material times".

When contacted to confirm his statement he said he was too busy to talk before hanging up. Mmegi had intended to also get Nchindo's side of the story regarding recent South African newspaper reports that alleged he had impregnated two teenagers in that country and that he could be peddling stories about the BDP and De Beers

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to deflect attention from himself.  In the unfolding BDP- De Beers scandal De Beers is reported to have "loaned" a  near-bankrupt former president Ketumile Masire huge amounts of money to rescucitate his ailing company, GM Five. Nchindo is also alleged to have played political advisor to Mogae during his tenure as president.

Nchindo is said to have been  isolated by many of his friends who feel that he selfishly gave away too much just to save his skin and spite those he may feel betrayed him.

In an interview with Botswana Guardian Mogae describes Nchindo as his 'former friend' and reveals that Nchindo tried to blackmail him bythreatening to expose his private life including the fact Mogae came with "girlfriends to his lodge" if he did not influence the withdrawal of the criminal charges he [Nchindo] is facing. The paper quoted Mogae as saying that he resisted Nchindo's demands, as he believes in the rule of law and the independence of other government organs. So steadfast was Mogae in his refusal to budge that he would not change his mind even after some BDP officials - Daniel Kwelagobe and Satar Dada were allegedly sent to plead on Nchindo's behalf, which they deny doing, but admit to trying to help mend the relationship between Mogae and Nchindo. Meanwhile, Nchindo and his co accuseds Jacob Sesinyi, Joseph Matome, Garvas Nchindo are scheduled to appear before the Village Magistrate's court today for mention in a case in which they are facing corruption charges.



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