The ongoing feud between former President Lt Gen Ian Khama and his successor President Mokgweetsi Masisi is now heading to court, WeekendPost can exclusively reveal. Fresh information gathered by this publication this week shows that Khama has written a Statutory Notice to Attorney General Abraham Keetshabe, dated April 26th, giving government chief lawyer 30 days to respond.
Government is yet to serve a response, according to lawyers who represent Khama, Ramalepa Attorneys. The statutory notice bears reference: Notice in terms of section 4 in terms of legal proceedings (Civil actions by or against government or public officers) Act (Chapter 10:01): In re- legal proceedings to be instituted by his Excellency the former President of the Republic of Botswana Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama.
The cause of action is stated as “the repeated and continued unlawful failure and refusal to avail the former President access to the use of Government owned modes of transport (and in particular aircraft and boat transportation), a clear and flagrant violation and contravention of the Presidents (Pensions and retirements benefits) Act, (Chapter 02:03), and the amendment thereto (hereinafter “the law”), and on the ostensible basis that no aircraft and boat transportation was available.”
Khama gave his notice of intention in terms of section 4 of the State Proceedings (Actions by or Against Government or Public Officers) Act (“the law”), to institute legal proceedings after the expiration of one month next after receipt of this notice against the government, the President, the Permanent Secretary to the President and Director General of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Service and/ or any other party as may become necessary to cite.
According to the notice former President Ian Khama’s statutory entitlements, rights and/ or benefits under section 6 (b) of the Presidents (Pensions and retirement benefits) Act, as amended, with respect to local air travel, have been consistently violated by the President, Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) or Office of the President and effectively by government of Botswana since the former President vacated office of the President.
The notice also made mention that Khama sought to use aircraft and boat under cover letters dated 24th September 2018, 13th December 2018, 24th December 2018, 15th January 2019, 24 January 2019, 19th March 2019, 9th April 2019, 17th April 2019, and 18th April 2019 respectively. “On each occasion the access to use of owned modes of transportation sought was either ignored or unlawfully denied”.
Khama also wrote to the Attorney General that he was furnished with a savingram authored by PSP dated 26th February 2019 concerning his trip to Dharamsala, India from 8- 12 March 2019. “The said savingram made it plain that the Government will not ‘facilitate’ the said trip to India. The savingram was understood by Khama to mean that the Government of Botswana intends to deny him his international travel benefit to the extent that the Government of Botswana is obliged to finance such international travel. The Government also refused to pay Khama per diem for the international trip aforesaid.
It is understood that as a result former President Ian Khama incurred costs in the sum of ZAR73, 047. 00 for flight tickets for a return trip from Johannesburg to Deli, and USD11, 270. 00 to charter an aircraft from Deli to Dharamsala. Further Khama was entitled to a per diem allowance in the sum of BWP10, 732. 94. The notice state that Khama should the government should be re- imbrues him all afore said expenses. The notice also sought that the government withdraw all the disciplinary charges against all security officers so charged, within one calendar month from date of receipt of the notice.
Furthermore the notice invites government, within the period of the notice to engage with the former President with a view of reaching a sustainable agreement on the reasonable terms upon which Khama will be availed access to use of government owned modes of transport (in particular aircraft and boat transportation). In the event that the matters raised in the notice are not resolved within the notice period, Khama will institute legal proceedings against the Attorney General and seek relief including but not limited to the orders they have advanced.
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.