Politicians in court for theft

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FRANCISTOWN: A Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) member, Tongomani Dan, and suspended Botswana People’s Party (BPP) activist, Thabani Peter, were arraigned in court this week to face 13 counts of theft.

The State alleges that the duo acting together in concert and with a common purpose, fraudulently stole P143,000 belonging to the BPP during different dates in 2017.

It should however be noted that Dan, who has since decamped to the ruling BDP from the BPP in the wake of the allegations, is charged with more theft allegations than Peter as per the charge sheet. Following the theft allegations, the BPP moved swiftly to suspend Dan, 50, and Peter, 43, from all party activities. Peter still remains in indefinite suspension. The duo pleaded not guilty to the charges when they appeared before Magistrate Kose Makobo on Thursday.

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