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KennethBotswana Power Corporation employee Kenneth Maruapula has pleaded guilty to charges of stealing.

On different occasions between December 2010 and March 2012 Maruapula, 34 stole money amounting to P567 145.86 during his employment tenure as an accountant with the financially struggling power utility

A Francistown based private lawyer Kenneth Obeng  however tried to pass the blame onto BPC.

When mitigating for his client Obeng accused struggling Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) of administrative laxity saying which he argued that it led some of the corporation’s employees into serious temptation.

Obeng further alleged that his client was poorly supervised at the power utility company despite the fact that his job entitled him to have access to the company’s cheque books and large sums of money.

According to court records, Maruapula issued cheques to himself and cashed them for personal gain.

He was only caught after 15 months following a thorough audit by government officials.

“He is a young man, only 34, yet he was tasked to perform a tempting job,” explained Obeng, adding that Maruapula joined the power utility way back in 2003 as a mere cashier and rose through the ranks to become the company accountant.

“My client was poorly supervised, your Worship,” said the Ghanaian-born lawyer. He said this (poor supervision) led him into temptation.

Obeng fell short of saying that it was remiss of BPC not to supervise Maruapula time and again.

As an ambitious young man who heeded the government’s call for locals to venture into commercial farming, Obeng said the accused person was easily tempted.

Efforts to get a comment from the BPC officials drew a blank. Spencer Moreri, BPC’s Public Relations Officer was constantly said to be out of the office.

Atina Mandigo prosecuted the matter. He is expected back in court on May 7th 2014 for sentencing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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10 Responses to “BPC ACCOUNTANT PLEADS GUILTY TO 35 THEFT CHARGES”

  1. flame 2014/04/27

    Young man or not, that guy shud b punished 4 stealing. Sure, he shud hv bn supervised more, bt thts no excuse 4 stealing. Thieves steal everyday bcoz they r tempted. Stealing is stealing, he shud b given the maximum.

  2. Lady-D 2014/04/28

    waitseee m realy shockd.nevr thot dis guy cud do dis.we once dated kante i ws datin a thief.he told me o togets tiro cz he wntd to furthr his studies kante….God forgv hm his sins.i hope his identical twin is nt lik him.m realy surprsd beynd measure

  3. Leonardo 2014/04/28

    Haha haha Ey le utlwesa bana madi a bagolo o lemetse ka go e tabolelela,mr zanti e go lebagane o reke vasiline otherwise molomo wa tlase o tla phaphala ke tlala,dijo di a shota ko zanting

  4. cheerful 2014/04/28

    Am i correct that this is the organisation that the chinese laid the foundation and found itself in a mess, then came along the German Company and then an American Company = Too many cooks spoiling the broth + and accountant who rose from the start as a mere cashier fiddling while earning a salary = giving the people no electricity !

    Everything he stole needs to be given back – they should get an independent auditor on board

  5. cheerful 2014/04/28

    “Efforts to get a comment from the BPC officials drew a blank. Spencer Moreri, BPC’s Public Relations Officer was constantly said to be out of the office.” EVERYTIME EFFORTS TO GET A COMMENT ALWAYS DRAW A BLANKETY BLANK!! TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND UNPROFESSIONAL!

  6. cheerful 2014/04/28

    “He said this (poor supervision) led him into temptation.” WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO SUPERVISE THE ACCOUNTANT???

  7. TSO KHUNOU 2014/04/29

    Poor supervision??????WTH is that???ddnt he go to school to learn about PM.this guy was born a thief he needs to be put at the crossbar hotel for while…m sorry budah yame but u deserve thz.

  8. cheerful 2014/04/29

    “Obeng further alleged that his client was poorly supervised at the power utility company despite the fact that his job entitled him to have access to the company’s cheque books and large sums of money.

    According to court records, Maruapula issued cheques to himself and cashed them for personal gain.”
    Accountants are known to fiddle with the books if they are not monitored that is why most companies engage an external audit firm to make sure the Accountant has not been fiddling!

  9. cheerful 2014/05/01

    “According to court records, Maruapula issued cheques to himself and cashed them for personal gain.”
    How did he manage to issue cheques to himself??? the paragraph is not clear

  10. cheerful 2014/05/01

    without anyone else seeing this loophole???

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