An award winning Botswana Television (Btv) reporter, Kagiso Malepa was this week arrested by the police for alleged acts of bribery and extortion.
Popularly known for investigating and reporting on corruption , Malepa found himself on the wrong side of the law after he had allegedly threatened a struggling debt ridden Gaborone businessman with exposure on BTV unless he paid him an undisclosed sum of money to drop the ‘story’
The cash strapped businessman (known to this publication asked for help from his friends who advised him to report the matter to the Directorate On Corruption and Economic Crime(DCEC)
Acting on a tip- off the DCEC laid a trap for Malepa by instructing the businessman to schedule a meeting where the reporter was to be nabbed by the police while receiving the ‘bribe’
Eye witnesses to Malepa’s arrest by G-west police in Block 9 on Tuesday told The Voice that the reporter was whisked away by about five police officers at Bonanza shopping complex.
“We were just relaxed by the complex when suddenly a police vehicle arrived and pounced on Malepa.
We are still shocked as to why he was arrested because the police officers were a bit on the rough side at the time of the arrest,” said of his drinking pals.
The source further disclosed that Malepa was arrested at around 10am. “For some strange reason he didn’t have shoes on but the police didn’t care as they shoved him into their van.”
Meanwhile inside sources at the DCEC have revealed that a charge of receiving a bribe is being prepared for Malepa.
“It’s true. His case was handed to the police this week after thorough investigations. He is alleged to be taking bribes from people who want malicious stories that discredit their enemies to be aired on BTV. He is also suspected to extort money from those who are desperate for their dirty linen not to be aired in public.”
“In short, he is said to be using his powers as a reporter to threaten unsuspecting individuals out there to give him money.
He tells them that if they pay him a certain amount he won’t reveal their stories on Btv,” said the DCEC source.
DCEC Public Relations Officer Lentswe Motshoganetsi however said they can only confirm that they arrested one of the government journalists but could not divulge much information on the matter.
“I can only confirm to you that we arrested a government journalist whose names I can’t reveal to you and we are investigating him at the moment.
I can’t say much because our investigations are at premature level,” he said.
Contacted for a comment, Malepa confirmed the arrest but failed to disclose details of why he was arrested except to say there was no issue and he had not yet been charged.
“It’s true they arrested me but the whole thing is a non starter.
They have not even served me with any charge so for any further information contact my lawyer,” he said.