Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC)
Tsholanang Thabare
20/06/12
Seven counts of conflict of interest
A 50 year old woman, Tsholanang Thabare appeared before Maun Magistrate Court charged with seven counts of conflict of interest contrary to section 31 (1) as read with section 36 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 on or about the 28st of May 2007 at Maun, in the North West Administrative District of the Republic of Botswana being a public officer employed by Maun General Hospital as a storekeeper, failed to disclose to the Maun Hospital Authorities the nature of her interest in Matshitshi (Pty) Ltd, a company in which she was a director. Tsholanang proceeded to make purchases from the said company, thereby acting corruptly.
Sentencing
The accused was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment on all counts wholly suspended for 3 years on condition that she does not commit a similar offence. She was further fined a total of Fourteen Thousand Pula (P14 000.000) payable by 31st July 2012 which is the next mention in court or 5 years imprisonment in lieu payment. Mr Pascal Mhandu of DPP appeared for the state while Tsholanang was represented by Mr. Lesego Phoi of Lecha and Associates.
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