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Touch not the DIS Queen!

While impeccable sources are of the view that the new Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) spy boss, Brigadier Peter Magosi will have to play his cards close to his chest in determining the future of the once untouchable ‘Queen’ of DIS, Magosi is however not moved by the queen.

The queen, who is the head of the special task team, is the only other person who knows the depth and extent of inventory of the agency besides the former spy boss, Isaac Kgosi according to insiders.  She was more involved in procurement and managing petty cash. The queen was recently forced into garden leave and only comes to the office on a directive from the spy boss-to assist the secret agency with some information as the department is undergoing an internal audit.

She has since been placed under heavy surveillance and is tailed by intelligence officers everywhere she goes. It is suspected her house was being used to stash some security equipment belonging to the DIS. Her yard is heavily secured, with security cameras all around it. A source close to the events says the issue of whether and or how to fire her has now become the department’s everyday subject. “But, if dismissed now, it can undermine the department’s efforts to recover a lot of stuff, especially paper trail. This is someone who ran the department solely with Kgosi.”

“It is however understood that Magosi has been advised to grant her some form of immunity from prosecution. She will be turned into a State witness as she has all the information,” said an insider. He went on to state that Magosi was advised that should the queen be prosecuted, she might destroy the records and government will fail to recover their assets.

When reached for a comment on Friday, Magosi could not confirm or deny allegations that they were working on turning the queen into a state witness against her erstwhile friend Kgosi. “Whether she hides the information or destroys it, I will still find it. I am not after anybody, including the queen herself. My task is to reunite the DIS, reunite the nation!” noted Magosi.

“My anger is gone. Thanks to the Lord God whom I live for. I am a different person today than who I was during our fights in 2014. I am here for the nation and not for myself.” And when quizzed on what anger he was talking about, the spy boss said, “I was angry because I felt terribly betrayed by my own nation that I had sacrificed so much for. I was hurt, for being accused for something that I have not done, that I stole some equipment.”

One attorney who did not want to be named said people should look at the DIS case differently, “The chaos at the DIS was created by the past leadership. They are the ones who set up a tradition and culture, and all these people including the likes of her had to conform. They probably thought that’s how spy activities work.”

The attorney went on to say that half of the spy agency staff was doing the work that they were not supposed to do, but they thought it was part of their mandate.  “They were used to protect investments of some selfish individuals. It would be fair enough if the queen can be turned into an accomplish witness.”

On other issues, Kgosi who people in the intelligence circle are adamant will soon be brought to book say he is now living a life of fear, something that he was known to instil on other people. “He is holding meetings in his Phakalane house almost every day.” Kgosi could not be reached for comment as his phone rang unanswered at the time of going to press.

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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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