I read with interest a blockbuster crime review interview in one of last week’s publications where founding DCEC Director Tymon Katlholo, sing praises about himself to the nation, boasting how his 5-7 years’ investigations, which led to the prosecution of the late Debswana MD, Louis Nchindo. I was not going to pen this piece had Tymon opted to confine himself to few cases of genuine success at the DCEC during his time. I was a bit under the weather and in bed but I had to kick off my blankets to try and scribble my anxiety in the midst of dribs on my arms and stomach. Simply, Mr Katlholo has to be corrected, lest he deceives many who might believe his self-praise tunes as facts. The case of Louis Nchindo by the DCEC was no victory to the DCEC. It was a humiliation at the end, to the DCEC and to Mr Katlholo, himself. The facts as known and as in the public domain are that in 2013 after the Nchindo marathon case, the DCEC failed to forfeit Plot 55720 owned by Louis Nchindo and son through Tourism Development Consortium. The plot eventually reverted to the Nchindos. And mind you, majority of the 36 charges laid against Nchindo were in relation to the so-called criminal acquisition of this Plot 55720 which to this day remains the rightful property of the Nchindo. The Nchindos are busy developing the plot at Block 10, with criminal charges having fallen off.
If I were Mr Katlholo, I would not dare mention this case as a highlight of my career as the top dawg at DCEC. It constituted low, low and extremely low moment for Katlholo. I should add and remind Mr Katlholo, that though he was utterly humiliated in the case, with nothing to boast about, the humiliation would have been far defeaning had Mr Louis Nchindo not died mysteriously. How I wish Nchindo could have lived to experience his victory. I am sure the other charges, six of them being those that related to Nchindo hosting a USA Senate for diamonds PR, also would not have stood. That to me they did not make sense as the DCEC suggested that the visit of the US Senate to Botswana at the time had nothing to do with diamonds while media coverage of the visit can attest to this. No wonder Jacob Sesinyi, who was in charge of this PR visit, also walked scot free, with all six charges dropped, all relating to the US Senate visit. Joe Matome, another accused in the case would later also win against the DCEC at the court of appeal. Imagine the state had called 25 witnesses, amongst them a former president, Festus Mogae and the former Minister of Lands, Jacob Nkate. Jacob Nkate was testifying in support of Nchindo. It is puzzling for me to now read that Tymon Katlholo says it took him 5-7 years to finally complete the investigations. Really!!! It took you seven years, only to fail?
With due respect, leave praise singing to others. I understand the temptation is there to want to be remembered and to be taken seriously. I know the temptation extends to a desire to be given jobs, but don’t blow the trumpet too much, if you had to. I also note with interest you mentioning the possible prosecution of DIS Director General Isaac Kgosi. As the former DCEC boss, commenting on current DCEC matters, is like putting undue pressure on the incumbent at the helm. How do you expect him to react to your loudmouth? Surely your words cannot go unnoticed? I can only imagine the current DCEC boss falling into the trap that you have already laid before him and failing, in a high profile case, just like you. People have learnt from the mistakes of the past, of not rushing cases to courts just for the sake of it, just to appear brave, and doing something! Mr Katlholo, the key word should be conviction. Do we have enough facts to convict the accused or just like Jacob sesinyi, Matome, Garvas, Nchindo, another big fish will walk scot free!! Be warned. There is no glory in parading innocent men and women in courts for show of bravery, only to lose the case. That’s why Sayeed Jamali is suing the state of P30 million after being paraded in court by the DCEC. He also later walked free.
Concerned police officer,