Kebonang twins face criminal charges in npf case

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  • P18million used to buy houses in Gabs and Gauteng- DPP
  • Kago Stimela and Mogomotsi Seretse also slapped with charges
  • New charge sheet has a total of 65 Counts
  • Bakang Seretse gets additional charge of P60million theft from NPF
  • Kenneth Kerekang accused of misleading Isaac Kgosi

SONNY SERITE & LAWRENCE SERETSE

The integrity of Gaborone High Court Judge Justice Zein Kebonang faces a litmus test as he is scheduled to appear before Gaborone Regional Magistrate on Thursday November 29th, together with his twin brother, Member of Parliament for Lobatse Sadique Kebonang and ten (10) others facing a cumulative total of 65 charges in the much publicized National Petroleum Fund (NPF) scandal.

The amended Charge Sheet, served on the criminal suspects yesterday (Monday) now includes twelve persons and legal entities, Zein Kebonang, Sadique Kebonang, Kenneth Kerekang, Bakang Seretse, Mogomotsi Seretse, Kago Stimela. Khulaco (Pty) Ltd, Basis Points and M & B Properties (Pty) Ltd are represented by Bakang Seretse in his capacity as their Director.

Raging Bull (Pty) Ltd is represented by Sadique Kebonang as its Director, Leomog (Pty) Ltd by Mogomotsi Seretse as Director and STM Holdings (Pty) Ltd represented by Kago Stimela in his capacity as Director. The new charge sheet does not include Botho Leburu who was initially charged with Bakang Seretse and Kenneth Kerekang.

According to the new charge sheet, dated 22 November and signed by  the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP)Deputy Director and lead prosecutor Wesson Manchwe, Judge Kebonang faces charges of money laundering contrary to Section 47(1)(a) of the Proceeds and Instruments of Crime Act (Cap 08:03) Laws of Botswana in that it is alleged he, together with Bakang Seretse on or about the 19th September 2017, acting jointly and with common purpose, engaged in a transaction involving property which was proceeds of crime, to wit; P2,745,098.00 (two million seven hundred thousand and ninety eight pula), by causing the said amount to be transferred from M & B Properties (represented by Bakang Seretse as Director) account number 0002504001550 held with Capital Bank to Galbraith Attorneys in South Africa for the purchase of house number 354 Broadacres, Extension 13, Gauteng, South Africa, for the said Zein Kebonang, knowing or suspecting or having reasonable grounds to know or suspect that the property was derived or realised, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from a confiscation offence.

The State alleges that Bakang Seretse and Zein Kebonang on or about 27 October 2017 engaged in a transaction involving property which was proceeds of crime, to wit; P1, 194,029 by causing the said amount to be transferred from M & B Properties bank account held with Capital Bank to Tonkin Clacey Incorporated in South Africa for the purchase of Unit 532, The Polofields, Gauteng, South Africa , for the said Zein Kebonang.

Judge Kebonang’s twin brother who is currently a Member of Parliament and former Minister of Mineral, Energy and Water Resources, Sadique Kebonang has also been charged with money laundering and it is alleged that he, together with Bakang Seretse and Basis Points (Pty) Ltd (represented by Bakang Seretse) on or about the 4th of April 2017 engaged in a transaction involving property which was proceeds of crime, to wit;P3,300,010.00 (three million three hundred thousand and ten pula), by causing the said amount to be transferred from Basis Points account number 0002704005347 held with Capital Bank into Briscoe Attorneys’ Standard Chartered Bank trust account of which P3,000,000.00 was used to purchase house Number 336 Broadacres, Extension 13, Gauteng, South Africa, for the said Sadique Kebonang.

In a separate Count of money laundering preferred against Sadique Kebonang he is accused, together with Bakang Seretse and Basis Points of, on or about the 1st September 2017 to have engaged in a transaction involving property which was proceeds of crime, to wit; P2,000,000.00 (two million pula), ), by causing the said amount to be transferred from Basis Points account number 0002704005347 held with Capital Bank into Briscoe Attorneys’ Standard Chartered Bank trust account.

Sadique Kebonang is further accused together with Bakang Seretse, Basis Points and Raging Bull (Pty) Ltd of, between the 29th and 31st August 2017 to have engaged in a transaction involving property which was proceeds of crime, to wit; P6, 800.000.00 (six million eight hundred thousand pula) through Capital Bank to Seeff Properties of which the entire sum was used for the purchase of Unit 9 Nkwe Court, Unit 17 I Towers, Plot 54368, CBD and Unit D4 Bemcoville, lot 75448, all in Gaborone.

Sadique Kebonang, Bakang Seretse and their respective companies (Raging Bull and M & B Properties) are further alleged to have, on or about the 19th October 2017 at or near Gaborone, engaged in a transaction involving property which was proceeds of crime, to wit; P190.000.00 (one hundred and ninety thousand pula)  by causing the said amount to be transferred from M & B Properties account held with Capital Bank to Seeff Properties by cheque number 300019 as additional funds for the purchase of Unit D4 Bemcoville, lot 75448, in Gaborone.

The charge sheet further alleges that Bakang Seretse and Sadique Kebonang on or about 1st September 2017 at or near Gaborone, engaged in a transaction involving property, which property was proceeds of crime, to wit; P2, 000,000.00 (two million pula) by causing the said amount to be transferred from Recon Security Training t/a Basis Points account number 0002704005347 held with Capital Bank to Kaluzi & Associates.

Former Director of the Department of Energy Kenneth Kerekang faces charges of abuse of office and giving false information to a person employed in the public service. It is alleged that Kerekang gave false information to Isaac Kgosi, the then Director of Intelligence Services (DIS) to the effect that a company called Khulaco (Pty) Ltd had been contracted by the Government of Botswana to manage the National Petroleum Fund, which information he knew to be false in all material respects. He is further accused in money laundering together with Bakang Seretse in separate sums of P6, 285,819.85, P 43,712,674.69 and another P6, 073,648.00.

Bakang Seretse on the other has been given a charge sheet that adds theft to his other charges of money laundering.  It is alleged that he, together with Kenneth Kerekang stole P60,000,000.00 (sixty million pula) from the National Petroleum account held with Stanbic Bank to a bogus National Petroleum Fund account number 8000952984 held with Bank Gaborone, the court documents indicate.

It is unknown yet whether President Masisi will suspend Justice Zein Kebonang or whether he will continue to sit as a Judge during the duration of the trial. Legal experts indicate that given the gravity of the charges and the expected duration of the trial, it would be assumed that Justice Kebonang would be suspended in the event he does not voluntarily step aside.