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Kgosi sues Masisi

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.

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BODANSA strikes gold with a handsome P45K windfall from Turnstar Holdings

27th February 2024

The Botswana DanceSport Association (BODANSA) has been graced with a financial boon of P45,000 courtesy of Turnstar Holdings. This generous endowment is earmarked for the illustrious Botswana International Dance Sport Grand Prix Championships, which are scheduled to animate Gaborone from Friday to Saturday.

At a media engagement held early today, BODANSA’s Marketing Maestro, Tiro Ntwayagae, shared that Turnstar Holdings Limited has bestowed a gift of P45,000 towards the grand spectacle.

“We are thrilled to announce that this backing will enable us to orchestrate a cultural soirée at the Game City Marque locale, a night brimming with cultural fervor set for March 1, 2024, from 6pm to the stroke of midnight.

This enchanting space will also serve as the battleground for the preliminaries of traditional dance ensembles—spanning the rhythmically rich Setapa to the euphoric beats of Sebirwa, the spirited Seperu, the heavenly Hosana, and more—in a competition folded into the Traditional Dance Groups Category. The ensemble that dances into the judges’ hearts will clinch a grand prize of P10,000,” elaborated Ntwayagae.

He further illuminated that the cultural eve would not only celebrate traditional melodies but also the fresh beats of contemporary dance variants including Hip Hop, Sbujwa, Amapiano, among others, in a dazzling display of modern dance mastery.

Moreover, these championships carry the prestigious recognition by the World DanceSport Federation as a qualifying round for the Breakdance category for the Paris 2024 Olympics. “This is a monumental opportunity for athletes to leap towards their Olympic dreams during one of the penultimate qualifiers,” underscored Ntwayagae.

Looking ahead to March 2, 2024, the festivities will propel into the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Arena for the championship’s climactic showdowns encompassing Breakdance, Latin, and Ballroom Dancing.


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Government of Botswana yet to sign, ratify the UN-CRPD

26th February 2024

In Botswana, a beacon of democracy in Africa, the right to participate in the political discourse is a cornerstone of its societal structure. It’s an avenue through which citizens shape the rules and systems that govern their everyday lives. Despite this, recent studies indicate that Individuals with Disabilities (IWDs) are notably absent from political dialogues and face substantial hurdles in exercising their democratic freedoms.

Research within the nation has uncovered that IWDs encounter difficulties in engaging fully with the political process, with a pronounced gap in activities beyond mere voting. The call for environments that are both accessible and welcoming to IWDs is loud, with one participant, who has a physical disability, spotlighting the absence of ramps at voting venues and the dire need for enhanced support to facilitate equitable involvement in the electoral process.

The challenges highlighted by the study participants pinpoint the structural and social obstacles that deter IWDs from participating wholly in democracy. The inaccessibility of voting facilities and the lack of special accommodations for people with disabilities are critical barriers. Those with more significant or intellectual disabilities face even steeper challenges, often feeling marginalized and detached from political engagement.

To surmount these obstacles, there is an urgent appeal for Botswana to stride towards more inclusive and accessible political stages for IWDs. This necessitates a committed effort from both the government and relevant entities to enforce laws and policies that protect the rights of IWDs to partake in the political framework. Enhancing awareness and understanding of the political landscape among IWDs, alongside integrating inclusive practices within political entities and governmental bodies, is crucial.

By dismantling these barriers and nurturing an inclusive political environment, Botswana can live up to its democratic ideals, ensuring every citizen, regardless of ability, can have a substantive stake in the country’s political future.



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People with Disabilities Face Barriers to Political Participation in Botswana

23rd February 2024

Individuals challenged by disabilities encounter formidable obstacles when endeavoring to partake in political processes within the context of Botswana. Political involvement, a cornerstone of democratic governance, empowers citizens to shape the legislative landscape that impacts their daily existence. Despite Botswana’s reputation for upholding democratic ideals, recent insights unveil a troubling reality – those with disabilities find themselves marginalized in the realm of politics, contending with substantial barriers obstructing the exercise of their democratic liberties.

A recent inquiry in Botswana unveiled a panorama where individuals with disabilities confront hurdles in navigating the political arena, their involvement often restricted to the basic act of voting. Voices emerged from the study, underscoring the critical necessity of fostering environments that are accessible and welcoming, affording individuals with disabilities the active engagement they rightfully deserve in political processes. Noteworthy was the account of a participant grappling with physical impairments, shedding light on the glaring absence of ramps at polling stations and the urgent call for enhanced support mechanisms to ensure an equitable electoral participation.

The echoes reverberating from these narratives serve as poignant reminders of the entrenched obstacles impeding the full integration of individuals with disabilities into the democratic tapestry. The inaccessibility of polling stations and the glaring absence of provisions tailored to the needs of persons with disabilities loom large as formidable barricades to their political engagement. Particularly pronounced is the plight of those grappling with severe impairments and intellectual challenges, who face even steeper hurdles in seizing political participation opportunities, often grappling with feelings of isolation and exclusion from the political discourse.

Calls for decisive action cascade forth, urging the establishment of more inclusive and accessible political ecosystems that embrace individuals with disabilities in Botswana. Government bodies and concerned stakeholders are urged to prioritize the enactment of laws and policies designed to safeguard the political rights of individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, initiatives geared towards enhancing awareness and education on political processes and rights for this segment of society must be spearheaded, alongside the adoption of inclusive measures within political institutions and party structures.

By dismantling these barriers and nurturing a political landscape that is truly inclusive, Botswana can earnestly uphold its democratic ethos and afford every citizen, including those with disabilities, a substantive opportunity to partake in the political fabric of the nation.



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