Former Directorate on Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director General, Isaac Kgosi, has this week served the Attorney General with a statutory notice to sue for his unfair dismissal. This comes at a time when the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is said to be contemplating laying charges against the former spy chief.
Kgosi was in May this year removed from office in an ambush style by President Mokgweetsi Masisi in what was termed as ‘clean up’ campaign. At the time, President Masisi was only a month in office. Brigadier Peter Magosi, a known nemesis of Isaac Kgosi was appointed to the helm of the spy agency. In addition, Magosi was relieved of his former duties by former President Lt Gen Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama.
Kgosi’s attorney Diba Diba of Thabiso Nfila Attorneys states in his papers addressed to Attorney General that, “Kgosi is entitled to damages for unlawful termination of his employment.” Kgosi was a permanent and pensionable employee of government. His salary scale was at super PS level. Kgosi who will be reaching his retirement age (60) at the end of this year, wants the State to pay him his salary from the time he was dismissed to December this year when he will be reaching his retirement age.
He also wants P150 000 for damages for the manner in which he was dismissed. “I suffered humiliation by being fired in the presence of my juniors,” states Kgosi in his papers. Kgosi also states that President Masisi could not even give him a chance to serve notice as he was in a rush to get rid of him, of which he says is questionable.
At the time of his removal, Kgosi was caught off-guard. He never had a thought that he could be shown the door. Even when he was called to the office of PSP, Cater Morupisi, Kgosi never had an idea that Morupisi would hit him with the bad news. Kgosi was later escorted from Morupisi’s office to take his stuff from his office where he found his successor retired Brigadier Peter Magosi already in the office. He was disarmed and escorted outside government premises. There was a fear that had Kgosi sensed his eminent departure beforehand, things could not have been as smooth.
Observers are of the view that Kgosi’s performance before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which is investigating alleged maladministration at the National Petroleum Fund (NPF) could have been the final straw that broke the camel’s back, President Masisi has had enough.
The axed DIS boss had declared that he does not account to anyone. The former DIS Director General was known was guarding closely any information relating to his Directorate. While his justification was that most of the information they were dealing with was classified, others were of the view that he was dodging accountability. Almost all oversight structures to the DIS collapsed during his reign.
At the PAC hearing Kgosi refused to divulge vital information relating to the DIS involvement in the P250 million NPF scandal citing reasons that the information was classified. Kgosi was adamant that the Act that established DIS protected him for not revealing the information to the committee. When contacted for a comment, Kgosi’s attorney Diba, declined going into details, except confirming acting for Kgosi and serving the Attorney General with a statutory notice.
Kgosi’s action against government comes at a time when former President Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama is demanding that he be allowed to have the former DIS Director General as his private secretary but Government is refusing. The former President has threatened court action on the matter but he recently said he is still waiting for the Office of the President.
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.