DCEO seizes new en­voy’s prop­erty over fraud

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Lekhetho Nt­sukun­yane

THE Di­rec­torate on Cor­rup­tion and Eco­nomic Of­fences (DCEO) on Satur­day seized two ve­hi­cles and three houses be­long­ing to Makhathe Manki­mane – a for­mer Le­sotho Flour Mills and Browns Cash and Carry em­ployee who has al­legedly been given an am­bas­sado­rial po­si­tion in New York.

Mr Manki­mane’s prop­erty was at­tached pend­ing a fraud case against him and his lover, Nkelet­seng ’Ma­tu­miso Mokone.

The seizure fol­lowed an in­terim or­der is­sued by High Court judge Jus­tice Tham­sanqa Nom­ng­congo on 27 Novem­ber 2015, au­tho­ris­ing the DCEO to con­fis­cate the rental flats in Ha Thet­sane, a Toy­ota Hilux and BMW 3 Se­ries.

The court or­der fur­ther au­tho­rised the DCEO to fa­cil­i­tate the freez­ing of Mr Manki­mane’s bank ac­count.

DCEO pros­e­cu­tor, Ad­vo­cate Peter Matekane, on Mon­day con­firmed the prop­erty seizure.

Mean­while, Le­sotho Times in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that Mr Manki­mane ( 33) ap­pears on a list of peo­ple re­cently ap­pointed by govern­ment to rep­re­sent Le­sotho at em­bassies abroad. Sources also told the Le­sotho Times he would be dis­patched to New York.

For­eign Affairs and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer, Te­boho Mapetla, yes­ter­day con­firmed there was a list of new em­bassies ap­pointees, but de­clined to pro­vide the names be­cause she was not au­tho­rised to do so.

Con­tacted yes­ter­day, Mr Manki­mane told the Le­sotho Times he was at­tend­ing “a short meet­ing” and promised to call back “shortly af­ter I am done”. He did not call as promised and ef­forts to call him later proved fruit­less.

Mr Manki­mane, along­side Ms Mokone (35) of Thet­sane, Ha Le­sia, face fraud charges for al­legedly swin­dling First Na­tional Bank of M700, 000 be­tween Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber 2014.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, the duo, “act­ing in con­cert and in fur­ther­ance of com­mon pur­pose, did un­law­fully, de­lib­er­ately and with in­tent to de­fraud, rep­re­sented to the First Na­tional Bank a false spousal con­sent form pur­port­ing ’ Ma­tu­miso Mokone (Ac­cused Two) to be a law­ful wife of Ac­cused One (Mr Manki­mane)…”

As a re­sult of the said mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion, the court pa­pers said, “First Na­tional Bank acted upon the said mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion and to its prej­u­dice and loss of M700, 000.00 whereas the ac­cused, at the time they made the said mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion, well knew that the said doc­u­ment was not a true doc­u­ment, thus com­mit­ted the crime as afore­said.”

The cou­ple is there­fore charged for con­tra­ven­ing pro­vi­sion of Sec­tion 68 (1) of the Pe­nal Code Act No.6 of 2010 read with Sec­tion 109 of the same law, as per the charge sheet.

On se­cond count, Ms Mokone is fur­ther charged with con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion 70 (1) read with Sec­tion 109 of the same Act, in that she “un­law­fully, falsely and with in­ten­tion thereby to de­fraud and to the prej­u­dice of First Na­tional Bank, forge an in­stru­ment in writ­ing to wit: A spouse con­sent form did of­fer, ut­ter and put off the said forged doc­u­ment to First Na­tional Bank. She, the ac­cused, when she so of­fered, ut­ter and put off the afore­said in­stru­ment, well knew that it is a forged doc­u­ment, thus com­mit­ted the crime afore­said.”

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