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Divisions rock DIS – some want Magosi fired

Dissenting voices associated with the previous administration at the country’s spy agency, Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) are throwing down the gauntlet and want their boss, Brigadier Peter Magosi relieved of his duties as the chief spy.

Magosi is the current Director General of the DIS after taking over from Colonel Isaac Kgosi, who was fired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi barely a month after becoming President in 2018. The country’s intelligence organ is reported to be facing a lot of challenges following the arrival Magosi, the development which has been confirmed by the intelligence chief himself.  According to sources within the DIS, some agents want Magosi fired from his position as the Director General because they believe that he is incompetent and lacks necessary experience to lead the organisation.

Some senior employees who spoke on condition of anonymity told WeekendPost that a series of letters have been exchanged between concerned employees and the DIS senior management. It is alleged that in his response, Magosi has threated to fire his two deputies; Modiri Keoagile and Tefo Kgotlhane. Magosi is accusing the duo of failing him in his absence and conniving with the previous regime to act against the interest of the DIS.

It is reported that DIS has recently employed two prominent ex- soldiers who have already assumed duty at senior managerial level. Even though their roles have not been clearly outlined, it is believed that one of them will be tasked with the responsibility of managing the DIS fleet. The recent commotion at the DIS however is blamed on Magosi who is believed to have shifted his focus to just pleasing Masisi, rather than intelligence matters affecting the organisation.

Early this year WeekendPost reported that President Masisi silently promoted Magosi to a super scale moving him from F1 to F0 but leaving behind his two deputies, a move that triggered distraught amongst his employees who still complain about low salaries amongst other things. It is also alleged that with the absence of Magosi on the ground, the organisation is marred by distrust, with cases of backstabbing, jealousy and falsehood rampant.

It is alleged that the officers have appealed for the return of Isaac Kgosi. Having been at the helm of the institution since its inception in 2008, Kgosi is the mastermind behind the spy agency. Kgosi is currently in Malaysia seeking medical attention after complaining of back pains for a long time now.

An ally of former President Lt Gen Ian Khama, Kgosi was for a long time part of Khama’s inner circle and was relieved off his duties four years before seeing out his contract. The 60 year-old Kgosi has always been marred by controversy – his person being implicated in a number of corruption cases, and was replaced by his long-time nemesis, Magosi.

Contrary to his background, Magosi’s name was under the spotlight for his alleged hand in the infamous killing of John Kalafatis and later the missing spy equipment and was fired by Khama back in 2016 from the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Chief of Staff and Commander of Ground Forces position. Confirming the news to WeekendPost Magosi said he is aware of some non-security personnel within the Directorate who want him removed from the position of Director General.

Magosi said it is nothing strange as the concerned people think he is favouring some ex-soldiers that he brought with him from the BDF. “Its nature. You will not always get what you want in life and under such circumstances one is forced to react. I can confirm that they want me fired,” said Magosi. The Director General also confirmed that the DIS has employed two prominent ex- soldiers (names withheld) to join the Directorate but denied allegations that he wants to fire his two deputies.

However, Magosi said the roles and names of the two ex- soldiers could not be made public according to the DIS act as this will expose them to danger.  According to Magosi this is operational information that he could not share. The Director General also confirmed that his institution is still divided as there are some people who are still loyal and conniving with the previous regime. It is alleged that some of Magosi’s officers are still loyal to Isaac Kgosi and former President Lt Gen Ian Khama and hence are calling for Kgosi’s return.

In an interview with WeekendPost early this year Magosi said: “I am an experienced Special Forces Operatives, Experienced Intelligence Officer, I have done them at tactical, operational and strategic levels. This put me as a qualified person to understand the socio- political landscape of this country. I do not blame those who see me behind the President and blame for doing my job. Their level of understanding cannot match mine.” 

Magosi said Botswana has for a long time experienced overwhelming corruption at the highest level and nothing seems to be done about it; and if left unattended the corruption manifests to become a security threat.  “Botswana has mineral resources and now we have unorthodox interested parties from outside the country and this has become a problem that needs to be attended to,” he said. Since its establishment, the intelligence unit has been marred by controversy, and has been of interest to the media and other notable watchdogs including parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

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Gov’t shy to shame failing ministers

22nd February 2021
Morwaeng

Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Kabo Morwaeng together with Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Elias Magosi, this week refused to name and shame the worst performing Ministries and to disclose the best performing Ministries since beginning of 12th parliament including the main reasons for underperformance.

Of late there have been a litany of complaints from both ends of the aisle with cabinet members accused of providing parliament with unsatisfactory responses to the questions posed. In fact for some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers a meeting with the ministers and party leadership is overdue to address their complaints. Jwaneng-Mabutsane MP, Mephato Reatile is also not happy with ministers’ performance.

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Bokamoso, Gov’t in P10M womb removal suit

22nd February 2021
Bokamoso

Bokamoso Private Hospital is battling a P10 million legal suit for a botched fibroids operation which resulted in a woman losing an entire womb and her prospects of bearing children left at zero.

The same suit has also befallen the Attorney General of Botswana who is representing the Ministry of Health and Wellness for their contributory negligence of having the unlawful removal of a patient, Goitsemang Magetse’s womb.

According to the court papers, Magetse says that sometimes in November 2019, she was diagnosed with fibroids at Marina Hospital where upon she was referred to Bokamoso Private Hospital to schedule an appointment for an operation to remove the fibroids, which she did.

Magetse continues that at the instance of one Dr Li Wang, the surgeon who performed the operation, and unknown to her, an operation to remove her whole womb was conducted instead.
According to Magetse, it was only through a Marina Hospital regular check-up that she got to learn that her whole womb has been removed.

“At the while she was under the belief that only her fibroids have been removed. By doing so, the hospital has subjected itself to some serious delictual liability in that it performed a serious and life changing operation on patient who was under the belief that she was doing a completely different operation altogether. It thus came as a shock when our client learnt that her womb had been removed, without her consent,” said Magetse’s legal representatives, Kanjabanga and Associates in their summons.

The letter further says, “this is an infringement of our client‘s rights and this infringement has dire consequences on her to the extent that she can never bear children again”. ‘It is our instruction therefore, to claim as we hereby do, damages in the sum of BWP 10,000,000 (ten million Pula) for unlawful removal of client’s womb,” reads Kanjabanga Attorneys’ papers. The defendants are yet to respond to the plaintiff’s papers.

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime — however, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment.

The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer — but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment.

Studies show that fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range from the size of a pea to (occasionally) the size of a watermelon. Even if fibroids grow that large, we offer timely and effective treatment to provide relief.

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Masisi warned against a sinking Botswana

22nd February 2021
Ndaba GAolatlhe

The Alliance for Progressives (AP) President Ndaba Gaolathe has said that despite major accolades that Botswana continues to receive internationally with regard to the state of economy, the prospects for the future are imperilled.

Delivering his party Annual Policy Statement on Thursday, Gaolathe indicated that Botswana is in a state of do or die, and that the country’s economy is on a sick bed. With a major concern for poverty, Gaolathe pointed out that almost half of Botswana’s people are ravaged by or are about to sink into poverty.  “Our young people have lost the fire to dream about what they could become,” he said.

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