FORMER ROADS DIRECTOR
The couple were detained last Thursday and released the following morning.
Frightened Rasesa and Seleme residents were shocked and dismayed by the dramatic raid on the Kote family.
They spoke to the The Voice in anonymity out of fear, claiming that the dramatic arrest of the couple was something the quiet villages have never ever seen.
Eyewitnesses described how a convoy of all sorts of vehicles descended in the Kote’s home in Seleme lands as well as their drilling offices at Rasesa.
Apparently over 30 officials from the Botswana Police, Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC); Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) arrested the couple in a dramatic manner, which has become
the talk of town.
Contacted for comment, DIS Boss, Isaac Kgosi denied ever sending his officers to raid Kote’s house.
“I am not even aware of what you are talking about.
They are just lying. Call DCEC maybe they are the ones who know better,” he said.
DCEC Director, Rose Seretse could neither confirm nor deny the incident. “You know that I won’t open up to you about our investigations.
We never share such with the media.” Shaking her head an elderly Rasesa resident in her 60s said that in her lifetime she had never seen anything like it
“We don’t know what he has done but the way he was arrested has left us wondering as to what our country is coming to.
“Have the Kotes killed someone? she asked, adding, “we hope this type of arresting people as if we are in a war doesn’t become a habit,” she lamented.
Another source who said he saw eight vehicles and a combi outside the Kotes drilling office commented: “Mr Kote is a former Director and I don’t see any need for them to have sent so many people to arrest him.
“Just two officers would have been enough.
I think all they were trying to do was to embarrass him in front of his customers and his employees.
That’s unfair,” said the source further adding that they are now living in trauma as DIS officers are always visible in their area.
Speculation was rife that the raid could be linked to the ongoing corruption scandals involving Sinohydro Botswana, the Roads Department and other companies over inflated prices for road projects all around the country.
It is alleged that big names in the government are involved in the ongoing scandal which may open a can of worms.
A source revealed that Kote’s wife was arrested in early Thursday morning in front of her children.
Thereafter, the convoy of vehicles including a combi apparently went to the Kote’s business premises and ordered the workers not to speak to their phones, nor enter the office.
Kote who resigned from his lucrative post late last year amidst allegations that he was being investigated by the DCEC confirmed his arrest and that of his wife but declined to comment any further on the issue, especially why his wife was dragged into the investigations.