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Masire denies BURS probe obstruction

Former Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Commander Lt Gen Tebogo Masire, who is now a Member of Central Committee for Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s trustee, has reportedly poured scorn on Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS)’s efforts to investigate him.

WeekendPost can reveal that the former BDF chief, Masire is a co- owner and major shareholder of Avante Security Services Botswana (Pty) Ltd (Avante). A few weeks back his business partner, Olebeng Ngwakwena became the latest victim of the law enforcement agencies when he was raided by BURS, DIS, and FIA. Ngwakwena is allegedly a close ally of former President Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama and his company provides private security to the former President’s retirement office.

DIS Director General Peter Magosi has confirmed that the trio of DIS, BURS and FIA raided the owner of Avante Securities but declined to comment on what was discovered. Magosi told this publication that they are still continuing with their investigations, and once finish, they will take all the perpetrators to court. The DIS chief however confirmed that they have made discoveries that will help their investigations. Ngwakwena’s properties were raided including the house that he long abandoned after his wife was murdered by the maid a few years back.

A close source told WeekendPost that, it was such a traumatising experience for Ngwakwena, because visiting that house brings back memories of his murdered wife but the DIS cared less. It is alleged that after Ngwakwena’s raid, the state agencies then tried to raid a co- owner Masire, but he sent them back and they obliged, a source said. After he retired from the BDF, Masire became an active member of the BDP. Masire is currently the Member of BDP Central Committee (additional) responsible for Gaborone Region.

The retired General is also one of President Masisi’s trustees and advisors according to a close source. Masire worked with the President’s elder brother, Brigadier Thulaganyo Masisi in the military and they remained very close. According to their profile, Avante Security Services Botswana (Pty) Ltd (Avante) is a wholly owned Batswana company, was founded on a heritage of trust and reputation by its sole founder Olebeng Ngwakwena, a specialist in business intelligence and security consultancy.


The company has Head Office in Gaborone in Botswana, and satellite offices in Randburg and Cape Town in South Africa, coupled with strategic network in Botswana and South Africa as well as the rest of the world. Their services include asset protection, security consultancy, investigations, business and operational intelligence, security assessment, due diligence, logistics including armoured car transportation, security assessment and monitoring, risk assessment and management, guarding services, training, design and project management.

Avante specialises in the asset protection, secure transportation and handling of valuable goods throughout the logistics chains, from raw materials and components finished products as well as secure cargo within the mining, precious metals including diamonds and cash management for banking and retail sectors. They are currently contracted to provide security and consultancy services to major clients including Hall of Diamonds Botswana (holder of both Precious Stone Dealers and Diamond Cutting licences in Botswana), MalcaAmit and Ram Couriers International based at Diamond Technology Park, Gaborone as well as mining companies in Botswana just to mention but a few.

Meanwhile General Masire denied any involvement with Avante Security. “I know the owner, Ngwakwena but I am not in anyhow involved in any business dealings with him. That is part of a smear campaign aimed at de- campaigning President Mokgweetsi Masisi. Who am I to question law enforcement officials when they want to investigate me? That is not only baseless but stupid,” said Masire. When reached for comment, Ngwakwena said he did not want to comment on anything concerning Avante Security. He said if the need arises they will release a press statement on the position of the company.

After taking office, Masisi pronounced that fighting corruption is his number one priority. In the wake of dawn, BURS, Financial intelligence Agency (FIA) and Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) has however been accused of anti- BDP and former President Khama’s close allies and raided them. In one of the high profile arrest, the former Director General of DIS Col Isaac Kgosi was arrested on his arrival from overseas at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKA), in Gaborone. Members of opposition parties criticized Masisi for what they viewed as using control of state agencies to fight political battles.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

22nd November 2021
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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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