In what is said to be an ongoing ‘clean-up campaign’ by President Mokgweetsi Masisi, a 100 men team from different security organs were on Friday deployed across the country conducting searches in properties belonging to people who worked closely with former President Ian Khama and Isaac Kgosi in the past administration.
The security organs comprising of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) and the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) were already at different places around 7 am yesterday (Friday). The search which is still ongoing today (Saturday), took place at least 10 places belonging to seven people.
Sources close to the development suggest that the move is aimed at killing confidence on the former president who is said to be determined to undermine the current administration. “They have collected every piece of document and some weapons from the suspects,” said a source, adding that, “They have now hit hard on Khama. He never anticipated that Masisi could hit him this hard.”
The agents searched Kgosi’s three houses: Phakalane, G West Phase 1 and Extension 11; his three farms: Sentlhane, Maboane and Ga-Kgatla; Silver Shadows Holdings in Extension 11.
Little is Kgosi’s associate and accountant. He was in the past administration doing secretarial functions for both Kgosi and Khama. His office is in Kgale MEWS. Our team was able to get inside the office during the search where they found about 12 employees and two state agents in one office. The employees looked puzzled as they stated that other security organs were busy in other offices.
He was contracted by the former DIS boss to do electrical installations in all DIS facilities across the country. Seduke’s International Aviation Solutions and Phakalane house are under the raid.
She is a DIS official, and was during the reign of Kgosi tasked with handling covert projects. She is said to have a special relationship with Kgosi, and even accused of running the office alone. Velamina is associated with the DIS staff house in Block 7 which is alleged to have been used to stash some equipment belonging to DIS. Her other properties to be attended to are the Tawana house and Grand Millennium Park.
He worked as Kgosi’s driver. He has Kgosi’s Ga-Kgatla farm under his names. July’s Block 7 house is also being searched.
He is also a close associate of Kgosi. He owns Bash Carriers.
Sebina, a contractor, also had his property in Nkopyaphiri Industrial and Asphalt Botswana Company raided.
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.