Barclays Bank’s former Managing Director Thuli Johnson has been appointed as Gambling Authority’s Chief Executive Office and the announcement of his appointment will be made public soon.
Johnson resigned from Barclays Bank in 2010 after numerous allegations made against the bank’s top officials in relation to credit card fraud and favouritism.
At some point he was linked to Botswana Development Corporation top post but the Minister for Trade and Industry Dorcus Malesu is alleged to have blocked the move.
He will be heading the Gambling Authority which was established in 2012 to rehabilitate people affected by ills associated with gambling.
The Authority’s Act of 2012 provided for the establishment of a fund into which all levies imposed under the act will be paid. The law also provides for the establishment of the excessive gambling prevention and rehabilitation committee.
It also guides and monitors the development and implementation of the programmes and strategies aimed at preventing addictive or compulsive gambling and rehabilitating compulsive gamblers.
When contacted Johnson refused to comment on the matter saying it is better to wait for official announcement.
“Nyaa betsho I cannot comment on the matter now, why can’t we wait for a media briefing or official announcement,” he said.
Malesu said she was outside the country and referred the reporter to Permanent Secretary who was locked in a matter.
A source at the Authority told the publication that the announcement will be made anytime soon.