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Masisi denies stealing NPF money

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Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has distanced himself from any association with the ongoing National Petroleum Fund (NPF) money laundering case where he is alleged to have benefited P3million from corrupt proceedings.

When launching the Botswana Democratic Party’s candidate for Ralekgetho ward in Moshupa, Omphile Matsorotsoro Motlhajoe yesterday, Masisi told the masses that he was confident that justice would take its course and that his name will be cleared.

“Those who took the money will be prosecuted and if it’s me, I will be arraigned before the courts too.”

He asked BDP members not to be misled by the opposition with false accusations. “Don’t accuse me of an offence I didn’t commit. I have never come near the said P3 million. Ga gona gope fa a tsenang teng mo go nna madi ao,” he added.

The incoming president who is expected to be sworn-in in the next two weeks pleaded with his party members to wait patiently as relevant officials search for people who took the money.

Just across the street, Umbrella for Democratic Change’s Vice President, Dumelang Saleshando, who was launching his party’s candidate, Johnson Monare, shot down any suggestions by the ruling party that the country’s economy has gone down.

He said corrupt BDP politicians were keeping the country’s wealth in their personal bank accounts and maintained that Masisi was a selfish and corrupt leader.

“The money that Masisi is being investigated for can pay up to 580 pensioners for 12 months. There is no economy that has gone down,” he said.

Saleshando further said that the motive by BDP leaders is to drain all the national coffers so that when UDC assumes power there will be nothing left to use in running the country.

Ralekgetho ward council seat fell vacant after the passing away of area councillor, Gofentseone Rakala of BDP in January and bye elections will be held on the 24th of this month.