The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was on Thursday left with no option but to set another mention date to give themselves time to advise themselves in a case where they are prosecuting former spy boss, Isaac Kgosi for exposing the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) operations to the public.
Kgosi is alleged to have disclosed photographs of DIS security agents which were later featured in some publications claiming that there was a plot to assassinate him. He had allegedly shared with the said media houses pictures of his alleged perpetrators who are intelligence agents armed with weapons.â€¨
In his version on the complaint letter to the security organs, Kgosi claimed that the two intelligence agents had followed him into the physiotherapy clinic where they aggressively demanded from the receptionist that they be taken to him. He further alleges that he followed and found his perpetrators parked outside; deadly armed with weapons of war including an Uzi submachine gun after their request was turned down by the receptionist at the clinic.â€¨
The postponement of the case came after the DPP failed to explain whether they will go for trial without evidence of the cell phone or whether to be given time to continue looking for the said phone. When the case resumed, DPP attorney Thato Dibeela urged the court to allow Kgosi to take a plea, and this was dismissed by Kgosi’s attorney Thabiso Tafila who stated that, “I am uncomfortable with this plea, my client cannot take a plea when we have not been given all the necessary information as the state is still investigating him on this matter.
They alleged that he took pictures of security agents using a certain phone, just yesterday twenty officers were at his house in search of the said phone,” said Tafila, adding that the state should make it clear if they are going for trial without the said phone or not. And in her response, Dibeela said, “I do not want to bind myself. What I can say is that at the moment we do not have the pictures but we will avail them to the defense as and when we get them,” she said.
Dibeela further argued that the defense should bear in mind that the matter before court is not about the alleged photographs that were captured but about the violation of the DIS laws. “The charge sheet does not say the matter was brought to this court for the charge of photographs. We can proceed with this case with or without them. At this point we still do not have the photographs.” It was then that Regional Magistrate Masilo Mathaka told Dibeela to either set another mention date or decide that they will go to trial without the evidence of the phone.
Sources in the intelligence revealed that efforts to confiscate the alleged gadget from Kgosi failed dismally. They further revealed that the said gadget has shown that it was last used on the day the photographs were leaked to the mentioned publication. “It is clear that the phone was destroyed, he could not have kept it around. That is for sure.” The above mentioned source further revealed to this publication that according to the technicians Kgosi had backed up information in other gadgets, his computers, laptops and hard drives therefore all those were to be confiscated.
Another source from Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) disclosed to this publication that the gadgets used to back up could not be confiscated as it only restricted them to only the cellphone. “The search warrant restricted us to only the cellphone, it is very hard getting evidence for this case. Even if we can get another search warrant, it would be too late. He will dispose all the information just like the cellphone.”
A month back the DIS confronted Kgosi in a heated argument at his mother’s funeral at his home village of Matsiloje over what they said is his refusal to return a government cellphone. It is alleged that the DIS later confiscated two of Kgosi’s phones but later realized that they were not the ones used to capture the said photographs. More security agents were back at Kgosi’s house earlier this week in an attempt to further search for the cellphone. “We had thought the pictures were in those phones we confiscated a while back,” said the source.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.