Controversial South African businessman who is known as ‘Businessman Malcom X’ has survived an attempt on his lifer after he was poisoned, WeekendPost has been informed that investigations on the matter are still at a preliminary stage.
Sources in the neighbouring South Africa confirmed the incident and told this publication that Malcom X was rushed to a hospital in Sandton two weeks back, where doctors diagnosed him with food poisoning. According to an informed account of events, it is alleged that Malcom X had lunch at an up market restaurant with South African based Botswana-born businessman (names known to this publication).
It is alleged that the said businessman who has a wide network in South Africa is directly linked to top politicians and is sourcing funds for the ruling and opposition parties. A source close to the businessman said he is not sure about the future landscape of the country thus he is sourcing funds for both ruling and opposition parties. It is alleged that prior to meeting with the alleged businessman for lunch Business Malcom X was warned by a lady friend (names known to this paper) in Botswana who once represented the country at Big Brother Africa (BBA).
The lady who is well connected to the high offices is also a mutual friend of the South African Malcom X. “You better watch out, these guys are coming for you,” the lady reportedly said. The controversial businessman has been in the news for wrong reasons on various occasions, having earned a bad reputation for himself in many countries in Africa.
Malcom X and her friend Bridgette Motsepe were this year placed under Visa restriction by Botswana government. Malcom X whose claim to fame in Botswana came via the late Louis Nchindo made new contact with the country by infiltrating the Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi presidential bid team.
Unconfirmed reports say Malcom X was thought to have been hired by Venson-Moitoi’s rivals with the promise of P2million to destroy the Venson-Moitoi campaign team. Malcom X reportedly made several attempts to assist some of the locals to manage their PR, especially in South Africa. He is said to have raised a concern that Botswana is increasingly portrayed in bad light in South Africa and that he can arrest the situation by spinning narratives in the South African media.
It is believed he has contacts with major tabloids in South Africa. Apart from Louis Nchindo, Simbi Phiri of Khato Civils is one of the victims of the controversial socialite. Linked with former President Khama, it is alleged that Malcom X has been in touch with newly formed Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF). He has maintained keen interest in Botswana. Ever seeking an opportunity to make a good buck, he follows trending scandals and approaches desperate and vulnerable people,” observed the source.
His Botswana interest is borne from many Batswana politicians and businessmen who travel frequently to South Africa. He is alleged to have a source of young beautiful girls for entertainment for the businessmen and politicians. Malcolm X is reported to have given away between four and six million Rand since he started giving money in South African schools in 2006. Despite this, Malcolm says he believes you don't need to be rich in order to extend some kindness to your fellow man.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.
In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.
While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.
Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.
Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.