Guma: I faced sabotage   

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 19 July 2017   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
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The outspoken Member of Parliament for Tati West Samson Moyo Guma made no bones about the fact that some of his colleagues within the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) tried to end his political career. Speaking during the final rally of #TeamMasisi in Tonota, Guma had harsh words for some of his political nemesis, saying there is too much jealousy within the party. “I wish Tshekedi Khama was here as I speak because you remember that I have disappointed you when I resigned after you elected me chairman in Maun and didn’t tell you the reasons but today am going to do that,” said Guma. Guma resigned as BDP chairman in 2013 after he beat Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi at the Maun elective congress. Ahead of the BDP primaries in 2013 it was reported that the relationship between Guma and Tshekedi Khama was not a rosy one. In one of the interviews with a local radio station, Tshekedi Khama accused some members of the central committee of trying to rig the BDP primary elections. He said at the time that there were certain people who have surrounded President Khama and do not want anyone near him (President) except themselves. Rubbing his forehead amid the chilling weather as he searched for words to describe what has happened, he told the delegates that there was ploy to end his political career because he was against corruption. He told delegates that his accounts were frozen for no apparent reason, pointing only to political sabotage.

In May 2015 he 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 raised eyebrows at Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) and Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) who started investigating the company. In his affidavit Moyo Guma denied that there was P25 million in his account but rather P982, 286. During the case, Guma threatened to resign as a Member of Parliament but denied it was connected to the case. Guma, who was in his element, said that he has advised Vice President Masisi to ensure that when he assumes office next year he investigates corruption among public officers, especially politicians. “We are surrounded by thieves here and this must come to an end next year,” said Guma who was elected as additional member to the Central Committee. Efforts to contact Minister Tshekedi Khama hit a snag as he did not answer his mobile phone nor respond to the text message to him. His views were being sought regarding the statement that his was part of people who tried to end Guma’s political life.