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Guma’s accounts re-opened

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 29 March 2016   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
Guma’s accounts re-opened

The MP for Tati East Samson Moyo Guma’s business accounts that were frozen by Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), acting on behalf of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), has been re-opened. Information gathered by this publication has revealed that some of the accounts belonging to the Guma were opened after they were cleared by financial intelligence agents. It is not clear which accounts were unfrozen but sources at DCEC have revealed that he has access to most of his business accounts. Guma’s lawyer Moses Kadye confirmed that some of his client’s accounts have been unfrozen but said that the case is still on as they will appear in court at the end of April this year.

In May last year Moyo Guma had the shock of his life when he learnt from his bank manager at Standard Chartered Bank that they received instructions from the highest office that his accounts be frozen. The investigators questioned the over P25 million which was paid into Moyo Guma’s business account and suspected that the invoices that Moyo Guma produced were fabricated. IRB Transport was engaged by Sinohydro, a Chinese state-owned company during the construction of Kariba South power extension project in Zimbabwe in 2013. In January 2013 Sinohydro transferred US$ 3.2 million into IRB Transport account. This has said to have raised eyebrows at Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) and Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) who started investigating the company.

Another company that the two ruling party MPs  shared and was being investigated is the Leasing Services (PTY) Ltd which Olopeng, who is currently the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture disinvested from. Leasing Services was the parent company for Executive Closets Lodge at Phase IV in Gaborone, now renamed Adansonia Executive hotel. BURS also investigated the two politicians on suspicion of tax evasion. Guma, the former Chairman of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), has always maintained that charges against his company were political motivated.