The President of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), Duma Boko has dismissed the Directorate on Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) describing it as a phoney institution only worthwhile for siphoning public funds.
Boko stated this week that the public has been programmed to think that the country would collapse in the absence of DISS, describing it as a “DIS misconception.” “There is this misconception that occurs around the Directorate on Intelligence and Security Services. You have been taught or programmed to think that, if there is no DISS Botswana will collapse, that there will be bloodshed, but I don’t know why that will be because this country has always been there before the birth of DISS.”
Boko further noted that the country does not need DIS as the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the Military Intelligence (MI) were doing a good job in the absence of the Isaac Kgosi led organization. “There was always crime but it was not as widespread because we had CID and Military Intelligence. They did all the crime intelligence, crime detection and investigations in conjunction with the police. Those who had been taught to deal with security situations have always been there.”
He further continued to state: “You are being told about imaginary threats. You are even safer without DISS because you can talk freely with your friends and do what you want to do safely. There is nothing that can happen to you. The right to privacy must be upheld and your communication with whomever must remain private. Section 9 of the constitution of Botswana that guarantees you privacy doesn’t only deal with being harassed in your own space. Your communication between you and whomever is privileged; it is part of your right to privacy,” Boko told journalists.
He further said that the snooping by DISS into the private lives of citizens can only breed instability and insecurity. “So, when we say DISS has nothing to do when it comes to crime detection, what they normally do when they hear something is that they can take you and beat you. When they see you near Mosu they threaten you at gunpoint even though there is no law that bars you from the vicinity of Mosu.” He further stated that agents of the organization do not know the mandate of their organisation as well as the Criminal and Investigations Act.
“They never even come to court and they don’t know the law and procedures. They can take someone who might be a suspect to the police. They then extricate themselves from the cases leaving them to the police who will then lose them at courts” he continued to state that, “they do not know how to investigate and they were not taught to do that function and legal techniques.” He further stated that in fact DISS is the number one threat to the country as it siphons public funds behind the cover of security paranoia.
“What they can only do is to lie to you about nonexistent Al Qaeda cells. They lie because they can’t even give you the evidence and they lie in order to further this security neurosis. In fact they pose the biggest threat to your security. When you expend large amounts of money to fund this black hole… it serves only to siphon funds.” “We need to disabuse people from this notion. They should know that DISS serves no function except to siphon out funds.”
He also continued to state: “Right now they came to parliament asking for P15.5 million that was used during the BOT50 celebrations because they say security platforms were high. How could they have not anticipated what they were going to do during BOT50? It’s a train smash, its thievery done in broad daylight, Boko said.
The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.
The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.
The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.
This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.
Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.