Mokgethi to face BDP’s wrath

Mokgethi PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Mokgethi PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

While the public is eagerly awaiting action the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) will take against the Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, Annah Mokgethi, the party is still trying to figure out how to deal with the matter.

As the 12th Parliament winter session comes to an end on Tuesday, the party has promised that it will have taken a decision before the curtain falls on the session as to whether to suspend her or not.

This comes after the Court of Appeal ruled that Mokgethi should account for what happened to the late Abdul Joseph’s multimillion pula estate. Mokgethi has been failing to account for the late Joseph’s multimillion pula estate.

In an interview with the party's veteran, Daniel Kwelagobe this week, he said; “I can only advise the party to follow the normal procedure and guide itself with the party constitution if necessary. Molao motheo le tsamaiso ya party ke yone hela e e kaba gololang mo kgang e. Tsamaiso e ntse e diragadiwa mo party ya rona ke yone e ntseng e re kaela ha gona le diemo tse.”


The party chief whip Liakat Kablay confirmed that the matter will be discussed by the party caucus therefore he could not say much on it until after the issue is finalised.

Mmegi has learnt that the members had asked the party President Mokgweetsi Masisi that the matter should be part of the caucus when it is discussed so that the members could know her stand on it.

Lately, the concerned members were saying: “Some MPs are clear (with their position) that Mokgethi must be suspended the same way as the party did with Nata/Gweta MP Paulson Majaga since the issue of the Minister was decided by the court.”

“The party should not be seen to be taking sides when it comes to disciplinary issues. We hope that on Tuesday party leaders will brief us as MPs on how best they believe this issue should be handled. The Minister's issue is tarnishing the party’s name and how will people trust us? The highest court has delivered a judgement on the matter,” the source added.

Early this month, the Court of Appeal dismissed Mokgethi's application to reverse a High Court decision compelling her to give proper accounting records of Joseph’s estate. The said estate is a subject of an intense court battle between Joseph’s granddaughter.

According to court records, Joseph passed away on July 7, 2010, and Mokgethi was soon thereafter issued with a letter of administration. Of his wife and two daughters, only one daughter, Shereen Pandor survives him. Pandor has four children. Joseph's deceased daughter, Yolanda, left behind three children, Dawn Masenya and her two siblings.

Joseph had executed a will about two years before his demise. This was drawn up by Mokgethi, who was his attorney, and who was also named therein as the executrix of his will.

“In terms of the will, Pandor and her children inherited the whole of his considerable estate. Masenya and her siblings got nothing. Masenya was aggrieved, and when a final liquidation and distribution account was filed on May 4, 2013, she objected and, as advised by the Master of the High Court, she instituted proceedings to set aside the will on the grounds that Joseph was non-compos mentis (of unsound mind or lacking mental ability to understand the nature, consequences, and effect of a situation or transaction) at the time of its execution, and that it might have been forged,” the court papers read.

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