PUSHED: Seretse

Minister Seretse to be charged with corruption  as DCEC complete their investigations

In the midst of corruption scandals currently rocking the country it is alleged that another legislator will be slapped with corruption charges next week.

Set to face the music is the Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry Vincent Seretse, who is allegedly being pushed out of cabinet sources have revealed.

Seretse’s impending forced exit was allegedly discussed between the assistant minister and president Seretse Khama Ian Khama on Wednesday following allegations of corruption charges that hung like a dark cloud over the assistant minister’s head.

In the Wednesday meeting the President is reported to have advised the minister that it would be best if he were to voluntarily step down as soon as he is charged, inside sources further claimed.

The charges threatening to ruin Seretse’s political career allegedly emanate from corruption in the awarding of tenders at the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation during the construction of  the Trans Kalahari underground fibre telecommunications  project.

It has been revealed that Seretse who was the BTC CEO  at the time is not the only Botswana Democratic Party man that has had the multi million pula tender coming back to haunt him.

He is expected to face charges together with former BDP Youth League President Bontsi Monare. Both men were reported to have had business links to a company that was one of the main suppliers to BTC during the project.

The Directorate on Corruption and  Economic Crime have completed their long investigations on the matter and  by Tuesday the Directorate of Public Prosecutions are expected to have slapped Seretse with the  corruption charges it has been further revealed.

Asked on Wednesday evening to comment on the allegations that President Ian Khama met with Seretse and advised him to step down as soon as he is charged, Government spokesperson Jeff Ramsay said that it was too late for him to comment on the issue and offered to comment the following day, by which time the newspaper would have gone to press.

For his part Monare said he was not aware of the charges.  “I do not see any reason why I should be charged,” said the businessman and politician before hanging up the phone.

Meanwhile commenting on the many corruption scandals that seem to come tumbling out of ministers closets of late, Mike Dingake a retired politician, political commentator and newspaper columnist, said he was not surprised at the new developments that have tarnished the image of the country as a model of democracy with minimum corruption.

“We have never been different from other African countries. We have just been sophisticated in hiding our corruption and now we are being exposed. The media is doing a good job and parliament helps too.

People are getting fed up with corporate greed and they are beginning to speak up,” Dingake said.

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