Private Secretary to the President (PSP) and also Secretary to Cabinet, Carter Morupisi was recently involved in a car accident along Kubu Road near Block 3 in Gaborone while driving a Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) vehicle.
The accident happened on February 2, 2019 and the police are investigating him for reckless driving.
Although details are sketchy as to how the accident happened, Mmegi has learnt that Morupisi was alone in the car.
It is said that both the PSP and the driver of the other car emerged unscathed from the accident.
The two vehicles B 342 BGX, a Toyota Fortuner, owned by the DIS and a silver Toyota Etios with registration number B 832 BIC and belonging to a local unlisted financial services provider, Moitiri Capital were slightly damaged and driven to Broadhurst Police Station and later for roadworthy and safety testing at Maruapula Testing Centre.
However, it is not clear if Morupisi has a Central Transport Organisation (CTO) licence that allows him to drive government vehicles.
When reached for comment, DIS spokesperson, Edward Roberts could not deny nor confirm the incident. He also did not want to be drawn into discussing whether Morupisi was qualified, or allowed to drive government vehicles.
“We are not in a position to deny nor confirm that. However, it has to be noted that deployment of DIS resources is subject to various national security considerations that we are not always able to share with the media,” said Roberts in a two-line response to Mmegi enquiry.
Morupisi confirmed the accident, but described it as just “a small freak”. Morupisi said he was driving a DIS vehicle, which he uses for official businesses. It is not clear what government business he was doing on that fateful Saturday. The PSP argued that he was allowed to drive himself on a government vehicle.
He said the accident, though not serious was reported at Broadhurst Police Station and the vehicles were taken for testing.
Lesego Moloi of Moitiri Capital also confirmed that indeed one of their vehicles was involved in an accident early this month.
Although she could not go into details about the accident, Moloi said the car was not badly damaged.
“One of our cars had an accident which involved Morupisi, but it wasn’t that bad. It was just a minor accident,” she said.
Botswana Police Service spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Near Bagali also confirmed the accident but said investigations were still ongoing to establish the cause of the accident.
“The accident was reported to us immediately after it happened and the police attended to it. It was just a minor accident involving a person of high status. As it is, that’s all I can share with you because investigations are still ongoing to establish the cause of the accident,” said Bagali.
Bagali also declined to be drawn into discussing if Morupisi has the necessary licence needed to drive government vehicles.
However, sources familiar with how government vehicles operate said Morupisi had no business driving the DIS vehicle.
“He has government vehicles and drivers allocated to him on official capacity not privately. Who allocated Morupisi the DIS vehicle?” wondered the source.
“He is not allowed to personally drive any government vehicle. Ask him for the CTO driver’s licence that authorises him to drive those vehicles. He doesn’t have it,” the source added.