President Mokgweetsi Masisi has in what was to be a top secret within the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) promoted the Director General Peter Magosi from his F1 Scale to F0 effective this April.
It is reported that the promotion was effected directly by Office of the President under the President’s directive. The last time the DIS had promotions was in 2014 when Colonel Isaac Kgosi was still the Director General but it is not clear whether they were ever announced. Masisi recently also adjusted salaries for other members of security community, including Botswana Defence Force, Botswana Police and Botswana Prisons Services.
Sources within the institution said with the recent promotion of the Director General of the DIS is likely to be fragmented and dysfunctional based on their alliances. “The ideal process is to upgrade all the scales from top to bottom but where there is such promotion then it should be justified otherwise it poses a Russian Roulette act of bravado,” said the source. It is also alleged that the DIS upgrade structure was long amended by Kgosi but could not be implemented pending a review of salaries for all the civil servants.
WeekendPost can reveal that Magosi’s two Deputy Directors Modiri Keoagile and Tefo Kgotlhane remain at F2 scale despite their boss going one notch up the ladder. A close source said again there are Directors within the institution who also did not receive promotions but form part of the top management and play a pivotal role in the institution.
According to the DIS Act article 6. (1) There shall be a Director General who shall be appointed by the President on such terms and conditions as the President may, on the recommendation of the Council, determine. As a norm it is expected that all Senior Officers’ promotions be announced by Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Carter Morupisi through different media platforms but with DIS Director it was different and sources close to the development say this was supposed to be a top secret.
The DIS Act article 8 (4) envisage that: Each of the divisions of the Directorate shall be headed by a director who shall be the administrative head of the division, and shall, subject to the control and directions of the Director General, be responsible for the efficient management, administration and control of the division. Initially when the structure was amended in 2014, the Police Commissioner was to play a pivotal role and was going to be promoted to the same scale as the DIS Director General.
“This was borrowed from the fact that strength wise, the Police Commissioner is in charge of more officers that the DIS Director. As a matter of fact we were expecting to see a press release from PSP announcing the promotion of senior civil servants,” said the source. When contacted for comment Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Cater Morupisi said he would not engage this reporter or respond to his questions. “I cannot talk to you Baaitse [this reporter] and you know why,” he said before hanging his phone on Thursday morning.
A few weeks after he ascended to the Presidency on April 1st 2018, Masisi fired then DIS chief, Kgosi and had him replaced with Magosi. At the time Kgosi was regarded as the most powerful man in Botswana. When the DIS was established in 2008 under the stewardship of former President Ian Khama, Kgosi was appointed its first Director General responsible for direction, control, administration and expenditure of the Directorate.
The man who former President Khama had fired from the army, Magosi was brought in as Kgosi’s substitute to head the Directorate. Ever since his appointment Magosi has been a very busy man, conducting operations and searches all targeted at mostly former President Khama’s allies, a move seen as a political witch-hunt by some while others remarked that those probed should, “stay clean to stay clear”.
It is Magosi who then arrested Kgosi in what was termed ‘Hollywood style arrest’ at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport while the former DIS DG was arriving from an international trip in India. In executing his duties as directed, Magosi won President Masisi’s heart and became a trusted man. Lately he directly part of the President’s security detail. He is seen following the president around every day and at times he is seen acting the role of ADC.
He is also seen in political events where the president is in attendance a move which his predecessor Isaac Kgosi never did. The DIS Director General Peter Magosi could not comment at the time of going to print as he is in the United States of America and was reported to be having back to back sessions but his assistant had promised that he will call back when he is free.
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.