Director General of the Directorate on Intelligence and Security (DIS), Brigadier Peter Magosi has for the first time confirmed that there is a real threat to the life of President Mokgweetsi Masisi.
Magosi told the media yesterday that the intelligence organ is studying the developments with keen interest and warned anyone who tries to temper with the president’s life. “I’m warning them, we are watching,” he said. Magosi cautioned that the recent security threat should not be taken lightly, lest if anything happens to the president the nation would have failed. When revealing for the first time the Mozambique assassination threat, the spy chief revealed that he is the one who advised the president aircraft to turn back.
“I was on the ground in Mozambique. I did advise him to return, otherwise you would be asking me questions today. The president’s life is in danger, it’s a fact, I would not want to divulge and give enemy advantage,” he said. He also explained that prior to the assassination threats of the president, he engaged with other counterparts in South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and would not discuss the matter any further.
In his narration Magosi posed a question: “Have you ever heard of a situation whereby, before the president aircraft lands there is a power cut? Nowhere except here, has it happened so many times.” Magosi stressed that it is worrisome and surprising that the state house fence is connected to a residential plot. “Where in the world have you seen the State House fence connected to a residential plot? It is only here in Botswana,” Magosi said.
He said that his wish is to negotiate with the people in line near the State House because the security has changed and would be glad if state properties are allocated in private spaces. He however pointed out that the current state of the State House has never been a problem, but now it is a problem due to divisions of centers of power. In his briefing Magosi emphasized that his job is the nation, not personal and assures that politicians are very much safe in this nation and therefore should feel safe.
He clarified that his job was to take care of the president, former president, vice president and former Vice President. “I cannot deny that we may have interest in watching some politicians. If there are an interest we will, but we will never do anything that breaches our laws,” he said.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.