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DIS has hurt the nation Magosi

The Directorate on Intelligence and Security (DIS) new Director, retired Brigadier Peter Magosi admits that there is so much pain in the nation because of the activities of the DIS.

Magosi who was a bit cagy when responding to questions from journalists at the first ever press conference of the DIS since its formation 10 years ago on Friday, said, “I want to start on a clean sheet,” he continually said in his speech. “And I want to see ourselves as one big family which is led by discipline and forgiveness.”

He noted that even though there was so much negativity associated with the DIS out there, “I will not, as a new leader, try in any way to disassociate myself with the damage that is already there. A good leader takes responsibility and moves forward and does what he thinks is right, and leaves everything for people to judge,” said Magosi.

Magosi promised that he will time and again engage the media so that they help them inform the nation about issues affecting the directorate. He said DIS, like any other government entity is no different from how government departments operate. The nation, should know what we are doing and they are free to critic us like any other government department.

He also said he will work hand in hand with other security organs like the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), Military Intelligence, Crime Intelligence Branch and others. “We cannot operate in isolation, or else we won’t be able to provide the nation with what is expected of us.” In the past, during the era of former director, Isaac Kgosi, the intelligence organs did not see an eye to eye. There were issues of recruiting key people from sister organs, other organs intruding into others’ duties and back biting of senior officials.

Just a month before he was removed from his position, Kgosi refused to divulge vital information relating to the DISS involvement in the P250 million National Petroleum Fund (NPF) scandal citing reasons that the information was classified. Kgosi was adamant that the Act that established DISS protected him for not revealing the information to the committee.

Kgosi had last year requested P250 from NPF for building fuel storage reserves in strategic places but he later diverted the funds requesting for a variance at the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Mineral Resources. So far only three people; Bakang Seretse, Botho Leburu and Kenneth Kerekang have been charged in relation to the said sum while Kgosi has been instructed to return the same funds by taking it from this year’s financial year.

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BAD WEEK FOR MANCHESTER CITY

6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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