A alleged collaboration of security agents from the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) and Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS), have last weekend invaded property owned by the former DIS Director General, Isaac Kgosi, WeekendPost can reveal.
But other witnesses allege that the people who showed up at the farm are only DIS agents. The agents went to Kgosi’s farm in Lephephe near Molepolole in the Kweneng district and Sentlhane farm in Mmokolodi over the weekend. Eye witnesses at one of the farms said: “The agents forcibly gained access to the farm and started taking pictures. They refused to disclose their names and started shouting at Kgosi’s farm workers,” said a witness. It is believed the agents enquired on the whereabouts of Kgosi, and when they were told he was away they proceeded to take pictures without permission.
Security apparatus have been performing surveillance on Kgosi, tracking his movements in and outside Botswana. “Upon arrival, Kgosi was told by his staff of the unexpected visit by the agents. He immediately investigated the matter, only to discover that the registration number of the vehicle used corresponded with that of security agents covet number plates,” the witness said.
Kgosi is one of the key witnesses in the P250 million National Petroleum Fund (NPF) money laundering scandal. At the recent mention at the Broadhurst Magistrate Court, the Directorate of Public of Prosecutions prosecutor Tyron Mokgathong indicated that the reason they were unable to proceed with the case was that they intend to charge more people in the case.
Kgosi has been linked to a contract signed by Government of Botswana and Dignia Systems of Israel. The Israeli company is suing the Government of Botswana for outstanding payment, after they only received half of the amount paid by Khulaco (the company that has Bakang Seretse and Botho Leburu as nominee shareholders), an entity appointed by the DIS to make payment in respect of the P250m anti-poaching and Security Intelligence contract.
Sources in the intelligence note that the intimidation and harassment of Kgosi by DCEC investigators has the potential to spill over. Kgosi has not taken kindly to this new development. He is said to have reported the matter to the Botswana Police Service because he believes he is being harassed.
While Kgosi has been removed from the system, others say: “He still holds influence at the DIS with some residual staff loyal to him and has continuously threatened to retaliate at any move to intimidate and harass him. At every juncture he has dared the State to make any move towards him, saying he has over 40 years’ experience in intelligence and will expose people,” said the source. The move to harass Kgosi however is seen as a surprise twist on the side of the DCEC. In fact Kgosi has been a star witness for the DCEC in the money laundering case.
In December he deposited an affidavit distancing himself from Khulaco, Bakang and Botho. Later on, documents proved otherwise when evidence showed that he was actually the person who had appointed the company to make payments on behalf of the DIS. Meanwhile some legal experts have cast doubt on the possibility of any wrongdoing by Kgosi in the ongoing money laundering case or the legal suit by Dignia.
They hold the view that in all instances he acted in his capacity of Director General of the DIS, and DCEC is seen to be overreaching by questioning the administrative processes of his tenure at DIS. “Kgosi on behalf of the DIS, asked for money from a fellow government department and he was duly given that money by Dr Obakeng as Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security. It is a norm within government to request funding from another department.
As a matter of fact, recently the same controversial NPF got funding from the Road Fund. And this was not seen as corrupt,” said a source. Other legal experts hold a view that there is more in the NPF scandal. “Kgosi could have procedurally asked for funding, but the contract that he entered into with the Israeli company has so many loopholes. It is very porous and suspicious,” the source argued.
This publication is also alive to the allegations that the DCEC agents are living in fear because they are afraid of the former DIS boss. “They surveyed his farms for many reasons besides the NPF matter.” Meanwhile the DCEC Director General, Bruno Paledi has insisted that he is no pushover, acknowledging alleged threats thrown his way.
The Minister of Justice, Machana Shamukuni says the search to appoint the Ombudsman and other critical heads of department is currently ongoing and the process is expected to be completed before end of the year.
The Ombudsman position fell vacant almost five months ago after Augustine Makgonatsotlhe was removed from the office and appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.
Two Batswana nationals have been arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal trade in mercury. The duo is being held together with a Zimbabwean national who is being questioned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
This publication understands that the suspects who are aged between 39 and 56 years hail from Tutume and Selebi-Phikwe. At the time of the arrest, they were found in possession of a pistol, bomb motor and four live rounds. It is understood that the suspects told investigators during interrogation that the deadly substance has a lucrative market in Far East countries, where the demand is high. It is further reported that the suspects claimed that the mercury can be easily accessed in mines through middleman.
The Namibian Lives Matter Movement has weighed in on the looming border dispute between their country and Botswana.
Commenting on reports that the Namibian Parliament has dispatched a committee along the border between the two countries on fact finding mission, the group commended“the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, De-fence and Security that will engage community members living along the Namibia Botswana Border in conducting public hearings into acts of aggression and brutality by Botswana Defence (BDF) Force against innocent and unarmed Namibians.”