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Sebina brothers drag Magosi to court

The Sebina brothers, Tshepo and Kegone Sebina have swiftly moved an application to counter sue the State and Director General of the Intelligence Security (DIS) Brigadier Peter Magosi, over an ex parte search warrant that was issued against them earlier this year.

Earlier this year, Magosi successfully applied for ex parte search warrant on the brothers before the Village Magistrate Court. The two brothers were accused of being involved in corrupt dealings with former DIS spy chief, Colonel Isaac Kgosi. It was alleged that the brothers had been corruptly awarded tenders in about 52 companies in which 48 of these pointed to have the three brothers as directors/shareholders.

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), sometime in May, requested the Kgatleng Land Board to give him information on immobile properties registered under Tshepo, Victor, Ewetse and Katinah Sebina together with the 48 companies linked to their persons. Whilst the properties of Kegone and Tshepo were raided and the properties were also allegedly linked to Kgosi.  The investigators allegedly made way with documents.

A close source from the Department on Public Prosecution (DPP), has confirmed that they are aware of the application but the matter has not been allocated a date for hearing. The brothers who are represented by Counsel Sepego of Sepego Attorneys, have already filed a notice of 30 days to the state.

Another source revealed to this publication that the brothers are challenging the DIS to prove beyond reasonable doubt why they say that they have been involved in illegal tendering associated with Kgosi. The brothers want to know how the corruption allegations are linked to them. They say the ex parte search warrant they were issued with, was an ambush because they were not forewarned or given an opportunity to challenge it. An ex parte warrant is issued by a magistrate without requiring all parties of the dispute to be present, the legal proceeding is brought by one party in the absence of and without representation of or notification to the other party.

According to the source, the brothers are complaining that the DIS is using Botswana Revenue Services (BURS) to conduct illegal and oppressive audits as punishment. It is alleged that their offices have been broken into twice on different occasions and only computer servers were stolen. When reached for comment the attorney on the matter, Sepego denied of such an application, “I am not aware of any application and my clients have not lodged anything with me.”

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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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