DPP throws DCEO under a bus

DPP throws DCEO under a bus

MASERU =THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has vehemently denied claims that it has the docket for a case in which five are supposed to be charged for receiving bribes from people who wanted to lease their vehicles to the government.

Last week Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) boss Attorney Mahlomola Manyokole told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that he handed the docket to the DPP.

Manyokole made the claim as he came under intense pressure to explain why he was keeping the docket when the DPP had directed that the suspect be charged for corruption.

DCEO)’s chief investigator, Thabiso Thibeli, has earlier told the committee that Manyokole had commandeered the docket and suspended him in July.
Thibeli alleged that Manyokole suspended him to block the case because he has links with some of the suspects who include Democratic Congress MP Likeleli Tampane, the principal secretary of Finance Motena Tšolo and ’Mafusi Mosamo who is a senior official in the Ministry of Finance.

Other suspects are Teboho Tlokotsi, who is alleged to be the brains behind the dirty deal, and self-claimed businessman Tumo Ramonaheng.
They are alleged to have been part of a syndicate that received bribes ranging from M2000 to M40 000 from people who wanted to lease their vehicles to the government.

In his testimony to the committee Manyokole was adamant that the docket is with the DPP Advocate Hlalefang Motinyane who he said also wanted to review the case.

But this week Advocate Motinyane said her office doesn’t have the docket.
She said her office returned the docket to the DCEO with a directive that the case should be taken to court.

“The docket is not with us,” Advocate Motinyane said.
She said they did not need to keep the docket because they had already issued a directive.

She said anyone one who ignores that directive should be prosecuted for defeating the course of justice. Advocate Peleha Joala, from the DPP’s office, said they expected their directive to be implemented.

“They should not sit back and do nothing,” Advocate Joala said.
“It is unlawful for anybody to fail to implement the directive as that halts wheels of justice.” “Whoever does that must be convicted. “
“My understanding is that our office should be concerned when our directive is taken for granted,” he said.

“Failure to implement is a criminal offence as it stops the wheel of justice from spinning correctly as it should.”The PAC chairman Selibe Mochoboroane said he has been impressed by how the DPP office operates.
“No one will ever tell us a lie again that DPP said it wants to review the dockets,” Mochoboroane said. “They lied thinking that we will not summon you”.

Nkheli Liphoto

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