DCEC boss in ‘questionable’ recruitments

• DCEC Director General, HR Manager implicated in an alleged unprocedural recruitment

DCEC boss in ‘questionable’ recruitments

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC) Director General Tymon Katholo and his Human Resource Manager Agnes Mothobi are implicated in the alleged employment of a retired 68 year old into the intelligence unit, against the DCEC processes.

The Human Resource Manager of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC) Agnes Mothobi and the organisation’s Director General Tymon Katholo are caught up in untidy allegations of corruption around what looks like dubious employment of a 68-year old man who was employed in contravention of DCEC processes.

The re-employment of Thomas Mokgware, who retired from DISS to DCEC, has raised eyebrows and is allegedly causing confusion and instability inside DCEC’s operations department.

A well placed source has revealed that Mokgware’s post was not advertised but was a gentleman’s agreement between Katlholo and the Head of HR, Senior Manager Corporate Services Mothobi. This publication investigation can reveal that Mokgware is currently working under the intelligence unit on a questionable two year contract.

Further, it emerges that before appointment, Mokgware was supposed to have undergone a vigorous vetting process, which was waivered at the instruction of Katholo. Sources say the DCEC recruitment policy is against the employment of people aged 68 years old, and that had heundergone vetting, the process would have automatically rejected him.

The Business Weekly & Review has seen a letter addressed to the DCEC Director General dated November 9th 2020 which states that; “I hereby submit/proposal for appointment as CACO (D1) Intelligence .Further to this, I propose for a waiver on vetting, but instead we do internal vetting through the database. This is because the officer parted with the public service in January 2020 as per his CV, I submit.”

The letter is signed by the Human Resource Manager, Mothobi.

Further to that, the source questioned the absence of documented minutes of an interview. Even in a case of a headhunt, there must be evidence that the appointee was interviewed, according to the source.

The source also said for the position of Chief Anti-Corruption Officer, which is an intelligence position, vetting should be compulsory under normal circumstances, since the appointee will be handling intelligence matters of national security.

Mokgware signed an acceptance letter on the 2nd of November 2020.

He previously worked as Director Internal, at Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) during Isaac Kgosi’s tenure.

The current Director General; (DG) Peter Magosi did not renew his contract primarily based on his age, according to sources.

This publication also understands that Mokgware has worked with Katholo at Botswana Police Service (CID).

In an interview with the DCEC Spokesperson Lentswe Motshoganetsi, he confirmed that indeed the DCEC has employed Mokgware.

Motshoganetsi said Mokgware was brought in to revamp the operational capacity of the DCEC, adding that there is an ongoing process to optimize its effectiveness and efficiency.

“We are not aware that Mogware has a personal relationship with the Director General of the DCEC but we are privy of their professional relationship,” said the Public Relations Officer.

On whether Mothibi, the HR Manager was also key in Mokgware’s appointment, Motshoganetsi said as the Head of HR, recruitments fall under her portfolio.