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Plot to oust Kgosis loyalists in DIS thickens

As divisions and seeds of discords continue to rock the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS), developments reaching this publication this week, suggest that one of Director General Peter Magosi’s two deputies, Modiri Keoagile, has unceremoniously left the Directorate to join the newly formed Anti- Terrorism unit.

After reporting last week that the Directorate has acquired the services of some two prominent Ex- soldiers (names withheld), WeekendPost can safely confirm that Brigadier Sentsekae Terry Macheng, will rejoin DIS after being sacked by DG Peter Magosi, when he took over from Isaac Kgosi last year. According to sources, this was part of Magosi’s clean- up campaign launched by the new boss, Peter Magosi, as he prepared to rid the agency of all internal threats.

Brigadier Macheng, was one of Former President Lt General Ian Khama’s loyalists. The former president had in 2017 moved him from the position of National Anti-Poaching Coordinator- Botswana Defence Force (BDF), to the Office of the President, as Chief of Staff, DISS.  When three DISS officers were caught up in an elephant poaching scandal in Makalamabedi, Boteti Sub District in 2017, Macheng was at the time heading the Anti-Poaching Unit, though he did not take action against the men. This publication however, can confirm that Magosi, was leading the team that nabbed the three men.

At the time, WeekendPost was reliably informed that Former President Khama’s plan was to have Brigadier Macheng, replace Kgosi in future as the DIS Director General, as he wanted Kgosi to be sent outside the country because they were in the same group. Sources close to the development say Khama had hoped for continuity even after handing the baton to the new President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi. The plan however, did not materialize as President Masisi fired Isaac Kgosi a few days after ascending to the highest office.

Last week, WeekendPost reported that the country’s intelligence organ is facing a lot of challenges after the arrival of Peter Magosi. According to an anonymous source within the DIS, employees want Director General Peter Magosi fired from his position because ‘he is incompetent and lacks experience’. Some senior employees who spoke on condition of anonymity, told this publication that a series of letters have been exchanged from concerned employees and senior management but no action has been taken yet.

When he took over from Kgosi, sources in the intelligence circles revealed that Brigadier Magosi, has set himself a target to clean up three major areas of threats to deal with Kgosi’s parallel system, lest they defeat his efforts. “For now he is concentrating on unaccounted manpower and or ghost personnel, unaccounted equipment and inventory audit. Kgosi had his personal intelligence unit operating under the country’s intelligence unit. He had spread people to all spheres of life including the private sector,” said the source.

It is also alleged that Kenamile Badubi, a trustee of Peter Magosi, might replace Keogaile as the second deputy Director General. The recent commotion at the DIS however is blamed on the Director General Peter Magosi, who is believed to have shifted his focus to politics.
Early this year, WeekendPost reported that President Masisi discreetly promoted Magosi to a super scale moving him from F1 to F0 but leaving behind his two deputies; a move that triggered uneasiness amongst his employees who still complain about low salaries amongst other things. DIS Director General Peter Magosi’s phone rang unanswered, as he is believed to be outside the country.

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People with Disabilities Face Barriers to Political Participation in Botswana

23rd February 2024

Individuals challenged by disabilities encounter formidable obstacles when endeavoring to partake in political processes within the context of Botswana. Political involvement, a cornerstone of democratic governance, empowers citizens to shape the legislative landscape that impacts their daily existence. Despite Botswana’s reputation for upholding democratic ideals, recent insights unveil a troubling reality – those with disabilities find themselves marginalized in the realm of politics, contending with substantial barriers obstructing the exercise of their democratic liberties.

A recent inquiry in Botswana unveiled a panorama where individuals with disabilities confront hurdles in navigating the political arena, their involvement often restricted to the basic act of voting. Voices emerged from the study, underscoring the critical necessity of fostering environments that are accessible and welcoming, affording individuals with disabilities the active engagement they rightfully deserve in political processes. Noteworthy was the account of a participant grappling with physical impairments, shedding light on the glaring absence of ramps at polling stations and the urgent call for enhanced support mechanisms to ensure an equitable electoral participation.

The echoes reverberating from these narratives serve as poignant reminders of the entrenched obstacles impeding the full integration of individuals with disabilities into the democratic tapestry. The inaccessibility of polling stations and the glaring absence of provisions tailored to the needs of persons with disabilities loom large as formidable barricades to their political engagement. Particularly pronounced is the plight of those grappling with severe impairments and intellectual challenges, who face even steeper hurdles in seizing political participation opportunities, often grappling with feelings of isolation and exclusion from the political discourse.

Calls for decisive action cascade forth, urging the establishment of more inclusive and accessible political ecosystems that embrace individuals with disabilities in Botswana. Government bodies and concerned stakeholders are urged to prioritize the enactment of laws and policies designed to safeguard the political rights of individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, initiatives geared towards enhancing awareness and education on political processes and rights for this segment of society must be spearheaded, alongside the adoption of inclusive measures within political institutions and party structures.

By dismantling these barriers and nurturing a political landscape that is truly inclusive, Botswana can earnestly uphold its democratic ethos and afford every citizen, including those with disabilities, a substantive opportunity to partake in the political fabric of the nation.

 

 

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Neo Kirchway- Defying the odds

23rd February 2024

In the heartwarming tale of Neo Kirchway, a beacon of inspiration emerges, shining brightly amid life’s adversities.

Defying the constraints of destiny, Neo Kirchway, a resilient Motswana soul now thriving in the United States, stands tall despite the absence of her lower limbs. With unwavering determination, she tends to her cherished family – a loving husband and four children – engaging in the daily symphony of household tasks with remarkable grace.

Neo’s indomitable spirit traces back to the fateful year of 1994, a time when medical intervention called for the amputation of her curled legs. Embracing this pivotal juncture with unwavering courage and the blessing of her mother, she ventured forth into a world adorned with prosthetic legs, eager to script a tale of triumph.

Venturing beyond borders, Neo’s journey led her to the embrace of the United States, where serendipity intertwined her fate with that of her soulmate, Garrett Kirchway. Together, this harmonious duo navigates the ebbs and flows of life, their bond fortified by unwavering love and unyielding support.

In a bid to illuminate paths and embolden hearts, Neo leverages the digital realm, crafting a sanctuary of empowerment on her YouTube channel. Brimming with authenticity and raw emotion, her videos chronicle the tapestry of her daily life, serving as a testament to resilience and the unwavering human spirit.

Amidst the digital cosmos, Neo, affectionately known as “KirchBaby,” reigns supreme, a luminary in the hearts of 658,000 enraptured subscribers. Through her captivating content, she not only navigates the mundane tasks of cooking, cleaning, and childcare but also dances with celestial grace, a testament to her boundless spirit and unyielding zest for life.

In the cathedral of Neo Kirchway’s narrative, resilience reigns supreme, echoing a universal truth – that amidst life’s gales, the human spirit, when kindled by hope and fortitude, emerges as a beacon of light, illuminating even the darkest of paths.

 

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Inequalities Faced by Individuals with Disabilities

22nd February 2024

The government’s efforts to integrate individuals with disabilities in Botswana society are being hampered by budgetary constraints. Those with disabilities face inequalities in budgetary allocations in the health and education sectors. For instance, it is reported that the government allocates higher budgetary funds to the general health sector, while marginal allocations are proposed for the development and implementation of the National Primary Health Care guidelines and Standards for those with Disabilities. This shows that in terms of budgetary solutions, the government’s proposed initiatives in improving the health and well-being of those with disabilities remain futile as there is not enough money going towards disability-specific health programs. On the other hand, limited budgetary allocations to the Special Education Unit also are a primary contributor to the inequalities faced by children with disabilities. The government only provides for the employment of 15 teachers with qualifications in special education despite the large numbers of children with intellectual disabilities that are in need of special education throughout Botswana. Such disproportional allocation of resources inhibits the capacity to provide affordable and accessible assisted technology and residential support services for those with disabilities. Given the fact that a different amount of resources have been availed to the education and health sectors, the general understanding is that the government is not doing enough to ensure that adequate resources are distributed to disability-specific programs and facilities such as barrier-free environments, residential homes, and special education schools for children with disabilities.

 

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