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BDF implicates Kgosi in 250m scandal

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), continues to contradict itself in the highly publicised multi-million Pula National Petroleum (NPF) case. This week the DPP filed a supplementary affidavit in which former DIS Director General Isaac Seabelo Kgosi is said to be implicated in the P250 million NPF scandal.

Initially, Kgosi was to be a star witness for the State against his alleged co-accused Bakang Seretse. The State has however made a switch, and now wants Kgosi to answer for his alleged involvement in the matter.  It is alleged that sometime in 2017, Major General Molefi Seikano, Commander, Ground Forces Command, currently serving as Joint Forces Commander for Deployed Joint Task Forces in Border and Anti-Poaching operations, engaged former DIS Director Kgosi concerning whether DIS had any deployable intelligence and surveillance capabilities to support Botswana Defense Force (BDF) border and anti-poaching efforts in the general area around Shaile, Lenyanti and Savuti.

Investigations reveal that the mandate of dealing with poaching in the affected area was the prerogative of Major General Seikano and the Botswana Defence Force. It further reveals that Seikano was unaware of the process of securing P250 million which was ostensibly for the construction of Petroleum Storage facilities, as facilitated by Kgosi, Kenneth Kerekang, Sadique Kebonang, Bakang Seretse (Basis Points, Khulaco and Kgori Capital), for which variation had been sought and obtained by Kgosi and Minister Kebonang for the acquisition of sophisticated security equipment and advanced surveillance capabilities to address the supposed threat.

In his founding affidavit, Seikano confirmed that it is correct that Kgosi embraced the idea to support his operations on which he arranged a meeting to enable Kgosi to understand the problem. “I state after being duly briefed by me and my staff, the two teams planned a trip to the area of concern. After having completed the tour I never received feedback from Director General Kgosi, but instead, sometimes after I was visited by some DIS officers at my office with a map in which they already demarcated the Shaile, Linyanti and Savuti hotspots,” alleged Seikano.

Seikano confirmed that he flatly refused the proposal. “I stated that the developments of special forces capability to Botswana, is the exclusive preserve of the BDF through the Commander, BDF and it is not the mandate of the DIS to develop special forces capabilities,” Seikano said. He distanced himself and stated that he was not aware that Kgosi requested money for addressing poaching threats and other issues from either the National Petroleum Fund or anywhere else.

In his founding affidavit, Seretse through his attorney Kgosietsile Ngakaagae, requested for the calling of oral evidence on account of a disputes fact that cannot be resolved on the affidavits as filed. “President Masisi and former President Khama administration knew about the contracting of Khulaco (Pty) Ltd, at the transactional services company with regards to the transaction at the heart of the proceedings instant. For this fact both Khama and Masisi must withstand examination and cross examination,” said Bakang.

They also request that Sadique Kebonang, Eric Molale and the then Minister responsible for the Presidency must undergo cross examination. Ngaakagae worried that there seems to be feet dragging from the DPP’s side as they have not filed any opposition. “2 of our applications are unopposed and we have just received their supplementary affidavit. All we received was notice of opposition, they do not state the grounds of which the opposition will be made. They must file, they can’t just rock up in court like they did today and say they are opposing.” The matter is set to be heard on the 13th December 2019.

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Free at last: Ian Kirby Speaks Out

6th December 2021
Justice Ian Kirby

The outgoing President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ian Kirby, shares his thoughts with us as he leaves the Bench at the end of this year.

WeekendPost: Why did you move between the Attorney General and the Bench?

Ian Kirby: I was a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers three times- first in 1969 as Assistant State Counsel, then in 1990 as Deputy Attorney General (Civil), and finally in 2004 as Attorney General. I was invited in 2000 by the late Chief Justice Julian Nganunu to join the Bench. I was persuaded by former President Festus Mogae to be his Attorney General in 2004 as, he said, it was my duty to do so to serve the nation. I returned to the Judiciary as soon as I could – in May 2006, when there was a vacancy on the High Court Bench.

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Civil society could rescue Botswana’s flawed democracy’ 

6th December 2021
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Botswana’s civil society is one of the non-state actors that could save the country’s democracy from sliding into regression, a Germany based think tank has revealed.  This is according to a discussion paper by researchers at the German Development Institute who analysed the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes In Botswana.

In the paper titled “E-government and democracy in Botswana: Observational and experimental evidence on the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes,” the researchers offer a strongly worded commentary on Botswana’s ‘flawed democracy.’  The authors noted that with Botswana’s Parliament structurally – and in practice – feeble, the potential for checks and balances on executive power rests with the judiciary.

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Bangwato at loggerheads over Moshupa trip

6th December 2021

Bangwato in Serowe — where Bamagwato Paramount Chief and former President Lt. Gen Ian Khama originates – disagree on whether they must send a delegation to dialogue with President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s family in Moshupa. Just last week, a meeting was called by the Regent of Bamagwato, Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane, at Serowe Kgotla to, among others, update the tribe on the whereabouts of their Kgosi (Khama). 

Further, his state of health was also discussed, with Kgamane telling the attendees that all is well with Khama. The main reason for the meeting was to deliberate on the escalating tension between Khama and Masisi — a three-year bloodletting going unabated.

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