The founding president of Botswana Sir Seretse Khama’s son Anthony Khama, who is also the brother to the incumbent President Lt. Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, has been appointed as the board member of A-Cap Resources (Pty) Ltd.
A-Cap resources (Pty) Ltd is an Australian mining firm undertaking a project of extraction of uranium at Letlhakane which is one of the world’s largest undeveloped uranium deposits with an estimated deposits of 261 million pounds.
According to A-Cap resources management profile, Khama who is currently the chairman of A Cap Botswana (Pty) Ltd, he was roped in the Australian company management as he is renowned for his business achievements in Botswana and “his family name holds great significance for the people of Botswana.”
“Khama is a successful businessman and brings to A-Cap’s local board a wealth of experience and an intimate knowledge of the business and operating environment in Botswana,” states the company management profile.
Anthony is appointed alongside Mr John Fisher-Stamp, Mr Michael Liu, Mr Harry Stacpoole, Dr Paul Woolrich, Mr Paul Thomson, Mr Paul Ingram and Mr Angang Shen who are all the Directors of the company. Mr Nicholas Yeak and Mr Ashley Jones part of the Senior management team.
Anthony’s brother who is currently the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Wildlife Tshekedi Khama is also believed to have consolidated the Khama’s in the Tourism industry of Botswana, it also falls under his ministerial ambit.
Indications suggest that he has been hiring and firing Botswana Tourism Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s) from time and again and in the event also failed to appoint the board for the parastatal to provide checks and balances. Therefore he has singlehandedly extended a firm grip in the tourism industry.
Anthony and Tshekedi’s brother President Khama also have business interests in tourism giants Wilderness Safari – which in earnest appears to be controlling the entire tourism sector.
President Khama is among others a Director in a Kasane based Tourism Company called Baobab Safari Lodge which is part of Wilderness Safaris. He also holds 5% stake in Linyanti Investments, another subsidiary of Wilderness Holdings Limited among many of his investments in lucrative sectors of the country.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.