Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC)
Thabo Jovial Abram
11/04/12
Thirteen counts of Corruption
A 44 year old Cash and Financial Accounts Manager at the University of Botswana appeared before Village Magistrate Court on the 26th March 2012 charged with thirteen counts of Corruption contrary to section 31 (1) of the Corruption and Economic Crime Act (Cap 08:05 Laws of Botswana).
DCEC Investigations
Investigations conducted by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) revealed that the accused person, Thabo Jovial Abram on thirteen different occasions from the years 2005 until 2009 in the Gaborone Administrative District of the Republic of Botswana, being a person with direct interest holding a directorship in PI World Tech PTY (LTD) a company with which the University proposed to deal, knowingly failed to disclose the nature of such interest to the said University when he travelled to South Africa with a colleague and the Director of the said company to inspect a certain factory owned and run by SPS PTY (Ltd) of which PI World Tech (Pty) was a local agent. He further prepared the University Purchase requisition for procurement and raised Purchase orders and subsequently paid the said company to supply the University of Botswana with individual Image holograms. Abram is further alleged to have failed on different occasion to disclose the nature of interest when dealing in procurement of other equipment such as Printers, UPS and when writing memoranda of agreement for the said service and goods to be purchased from the same SPS Pty (Ltd).
Plea and Charges
A plea was reserved for the next appearance in court on the 26th April 2012. The accused person was ordered to pay P1000 bail and to report to Gaborone West Police Station every Friday between 0730hrs and 1630hrs. The matter under scrutiny is alleged to have totaled to over 2.2 Million Pula. He was represented by Mr Ngcongco while Mr Mantswe of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) appeared for the state.
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