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Magosi speeds Isaac Kgosi prosecution

Fresh information reaching WeekendPost is that former Director General of Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS), Isaac Kgosi is expected to appear before the court of law soon following a scuffle between the new DIS boss Brigadier Peter Magosi and Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) director, Stephen Tiroyakgosi.

Kgosi will be prosecuted for corruption and money laundering cases which dates back to seven years ago, following doubts on whether the once feared and powerful spy chief will ever has his day in court. Investigations carried out by this publication can confirm that investigating officers handling Kgosi’s case have been spending sleepless nights at the DIS headquarters offices since Monday.
 

They held closed door meetings. “They were discussing Kgosi’s file. They wanted to make sure there were no loopholes as it is believed the DPP boss was the one delaying the case claiming the DCEC had not finished their work,” said a source close to the case.
“This issue of Tiroyakgosi taking the file back and forth is seen as a delaying tactic.”

The source went on to state that Magosi who was appointed to replace Kgosi by President Mokgweetsi Masisi was of the view that as long as Kgosi was not brought to book, him and his ally former President Lt. Ian Khama will gain a mileage on the seemingly sour relationship between the two camps.  He feels the recent stories on the case were just tactics to make the nation think that Masisi was controlled by Khama. Masisi camp is also of the view that the reason why Khama was so bold in attacking Masisi administration was that he thinks Masisi was afraid to take serious action his allies.

“It is clear the new DIS boss is pushing hard for cases to be done. The main idea is to see whether even after Kgosi falls, Khama will still be bold as he is,” said an insider. In an interview with Magosi on Friday, he refused to comment on the issue. “I will not comment on that,” he said. Pressed for comment, Tiroyakgosi said Kgosi file has always been in his office, “but it is an internal matter between me and the investigating officers. We have always had Kgosi’s file.”

Asked if he is going to prosecute Kgosi, the DPP Director said, “when we have determined there is good enough evidence, we will prosecute him, but if not, we will close the case.” He said the matter has always been between him and investigators, “whom I assume shared with you that they have given me the Kgosi file.” Tiroyakgosi said he has never discussed the Kgosi file with Magosi of the DIS. He said Magosi is not involved in the case. “I have no reason to delay the Kgosi prosecution if it comes to live.”

Magosi was quoted on the sidelines of the organisation’s first press conference under his leadership in May, saying he would support a commission of enquiry on the activities of DIS during Kgosi’s leadership.  

“Look, I am the driver of the vehicle. There is somebody who decides the destination of the vehicle. If those who decide the destination believe that there should be a commission of an inquiry, I will support it,” he said.

“I will do everything to ensure that DIS is a professional institution and gains trust from the public.”

There have been questions without answers as to whether the once feared Kgosi will ever be taken to book for the alleged transgressions he committed while in office. There have been many different stories surrounding his file, some saying it was burnt October last year (2017) and some saying it vanished between the DPP office and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC).

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

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.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021
LAWRENCE-OOKEDITSE

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.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

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.

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