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DCEC, DIS raid Khama’s associates

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.”

Isaac Kgosi

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.

John Little

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.

Thatayaone Seduke

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.  

Velamina Maswabi

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.

Shathani July

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.

Otshegeditswe Basiame

He is also a close associate of Kgosi. He owns Bash Carriers.

Tshepho Sebina

Sebina, a contractor, also had his property in Nkopyaphiri Industrial and Asphalt Botswana Company raided.

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Why Katholo engaged private lawyers against State

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The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.

In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.

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Dada to break Kwelagobe’s BDP long standing record

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Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.

While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.

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The Gulaam Husain Abdoola – Dubai sting detailed

16th May 2022
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Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.

Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.

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