President Lt Gen Ian Khama this week rejected an invitation from the Magang family for the launch of the former Cabinet Minister’s Volume 2 of the “Delusion of Grandeur” book.
Information reaching this publication suggests that the ruling party was not impressed by the first book in which he looks down upon the country’s success story. Magang stated in the first edition that Botswana is not and has never been a prosperous country and that its economic acumen is overrated.
It was not the first time that Magang took a jab at government policies and approach. His initial book, “The Magic of Perseverance,” an autobiography released in 2008, offered an insight on how difficult it was for him to succeed as an entrepreneur because of government policies and people in authority.
Print Media Consult, a company which published the two books officially confirmed to this publication that President Khama was invited to the launches of the two books but never confirmed his attendance.
Khama, however attended, with other former cabinet ministers and past presidents, the launch of the late Vice President Lt Gen Mompati Merafhe’s memoir. The book was launched a few weeks after the launch of Magang’s volume one edition.
WeekendPost has established that the first edition of Delusions of Grandeur has opened old wounds and worsened the relationship between Khama and the Magang family. The only recognisable government official present at the launch this week was government spokesperson Jeff Ramsey, and former assistant minister Dr Gloria Somolokae.
It is believed that Magang and President Ian Khama have never been best allies since Khama was appointed vice president in 1998. In 1998 following the retirement of President Quett Masire, it was widely expected that Festus Mogae, who took over the reigns as President would appoint Magang as his deputy. Mogae however bypassed Magang to nominate the then BDF Commander Khama.
The visibly disenchanted Magang retired from politics two years later to focus on his business aspirations. Khama’s detest of the Magangs was not helped by his early relationship with party youth wing upon his entry into politics. Magang’s eldest son Lesang Magang then leader of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) youth wing publicly criticised the decision by President Mogae to grant Khama a year long sabbatical leave.
During the launch of the first edition, Magang revealed that, the first edition would have originally went for print in 2013, but family members against the move because he could have been blamed for the party elections results in case the opposition gave the party a hiding. The Magang family understood that the book, in the former Minister’s usual element would divide the party as it proved controversial.
Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Margaret Nasha probably ended her career when she published a highly critical autobiography titled “Madam Speaker Sir!” in which she literally criticised Khama’s leadership style and dictatorial tendencies.
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.