In an unexpected turn of events former spy Chief Col Isaac Kgosi is now enjoying the bargaining power as the State is begging him not to proceed with his intended lawsuit that has the potential to grossly embarrass government.
WeekendPost has established that Kgosi is on a mission to take the State to the cleaners after suffering humiliation at the hands of the Government on several occasions, amongst which was his unceremonious removal from office, his arrest at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKI), as well as being accused of financing terrorism. Kgosi, together with President Lt Gen Khama were accused or stand accused of having instructed Bank of Botswana, to open three offshore accounts, of which P100 billion was looted via the bank accounts.
Information gathered by this publication indicates that Kgosi has partnered with all those who were or are implicated in the matter; Khama, South African business woman Bridgette Motsepe, ABSA, Nedbank, Standard Bank to sue the Botswana Government. In desperate attempts to stop Kgosi and clean Brig Peter Magosi’s mess, it is alleged that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has assigned a team led by former army Commander and Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee member, Lt Gen Tebogo Masire to lure Kgosi in for an out of court settlement.
The proposed deal is believed to be involving a huge amount of money. Kgosi has however declined to discuss matter relating to the looming lawsuit stating that, “it is too soon to discuss that case.” Sources close to this publication have revealed that Kgosi is not bending to the team’s request and is determined to clear his name. WeekendPost has established that Kgosi feels that the State has put him through a lot, and damaged his reputation in the process.
It is alleged that cases lodged against Kgosi are outlandish as the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) together with the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) seem not to have tangible evidence against him. Towards the end of 2019, one Welheminah Maswabi code name ‘Butterfly’, a DIS agent was charged with financing terrorism, possession of unexplained property and false declaration of passports.
She was accused of transferring P29 million to the former spy chief shortly after he made remarks that he would topple the government. Prior to Maswabi’s case, Kgosi was arrested in what was dubbed as the “Hollywood style” by the current Director General, Magosi, at Sir Seretse Khama International airport (SSKI) after his arrival from a trip to Asia and the Middle East.
It was alleged that Kgosi was arrested in connection with alleged tax evasion. It was after his arrest that the DIS, Botswana Police Service (BPS) and Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) conducted searches at Kgosi’s house at Phakalane Estates. In Maswabi’s case, through her attorneys Uyapo Ndadi and Unoda Mack, managed to discover some damning evidence against the State.
It turned out after a tussle in court that one investigating officer at the DCEC, Jack Hubona together with Magosi were involved in fabricating and manufacturing evidence to frame Maswabi and those who were implicated in the matter, Kgosi being amongst them. In the case against ‘Butterfly’, which implicated Kgosi and other prominent persons, Khama then disposed an affidavit in support of Maswabi rubbishing the State’s case and registering a “come get me” attitude.
South African banks, Nedbank and Absa, have also vehemently criticised the State’s evidence against Maswabi, in a case where she is alleged to be responsible for P4.2 billion that went missing at Bank of Botswana. The State had also brought before court laden evidence against the accused after the court was told that the accused had an enormous sum of P360 million in her different personal accounts.
Maswabi- in her personal capacity was also allegedly accused as one of the signatories of Blue Files (PTY) Ltd.’s Royal Bank of Scotland, a bank account held in S.A facilitated the commission of an act of terrorism by transferring an amount of 950000. 00 American Dollars to Isaac Seabelo Kgosi, who earlier this year upon his arrest threatened to commit acts of terror against Botswana.â€¨â€¨The State had also brought before courts bank statements that showed how the money was transferred from on offshore account to another.
They further sought the court to be given time to seek legal assistance for admissible evidence which will be used during trial.â€¨This publication is in possession of affidavits from the alleged banks denying any knowledge or trace of the alleged bank accounts.â€¨â€¨In their opposing affidavit, Nedbank stated that “the opposing affidavit references accounts in the names of Blue Files (Pty) Ltd and Fire Flies (Pty) Ltd, are non-existent accounts. After conducting a search on our Nedbank systems, we have been unable to find any accounts in those names, nor any accounts with the mentioned account numbers.”
Absa Bank also denied having any record of any account with designated account numbers nor account names. They further inquired that the document obtained by the State as evidence does not appear as Absa generated document.â€¨ One of the investigators who had been engaged by Maswabi’s legal representatives, Johaan Minaar, also revealed in a report possessed by this publication, that the emails used by the State as evidence against the accused are also fraudulent, based on the vast differences between the attached email and those which are relied upon by the High Court.
The report alleged that the messages attached as evidence by the State appear to be fraudulent, as they could very easily have been produced by a word processor such as Microsoft Word, in order to provide veneer of authenticity to those emails which are relied on by the High Court.â€¨â€¨The investigation company pointed out that unless the original electronic version of the email messages set out as annexures to the High Court application can be produced and authenticated, the annexures have no evidentiary values presented as they are presented to the relevant Tribunal in isolation as the original source data/document is not available for verification, further scrutiny and examination.â€¨â€¨Upon establishing whether or not Royal Bank Scotland, Blue Files Inc. and Fire Flies were South African registered companies, the investigating team could not positively verify the entities.
They however stated that they conducted searches on two public registries, namely the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission in South Africa and Dun & Bradstreet (a similar registry in Botswana) and the search strings submitted to conduct such queries were as follows; Royal Bank, Blue File and Fire File. In an interview with this publication Kgosi’s lawyer, Mack explained that Kgosi has not been approached yet concerning the matter. He stated that they have met a couple of times but this specific matter had not been raised.
“But anything is possible, any possible human being would understand that what the State did to Kgosi and even the former President [Ian Khama] was inhumane,” Mack said. “If he was to file a lawsuit it would be totally understandable. All the DPP keeps on saying before courts is investigations are ongoing. What investigations? To do what?” â€¨
Despite being hailed and still regarded as a hero who saved many lives through his decision to crash the BF5 fighter Jet around the national stadium on the eve of the 2018 BDF day, the deceased Pilot, Major Clifford Manyuni’s actions were treated as a letdown within the army, especially by his master-Commander of the Air Arm, Major General Innocent Phatshwane.
Manyuni’s master says he was utterly disappointed with his Pilot’s failure to perform “simple basics.”
Manyuni was regarded as a hero through social media for his ‘colourful exploits’, but Phatshwane who recently retired as the Air Arm Commander, revealed to WeekendPost in an exclusive interview that while he appreciated Batswana’s outpouring of emotions and love towards his departed Pilot, he strongly felt let down by the Pilot “because there was nothing wrong with that Fighter Jet and Manyuni did not report any problem either.”
The deceased Pilot, Manyuni was known within the army to be an upwardly mobile aviator and in particular an air power proponent.
“I was hurt and very disappointed because nobody knows why he decided to crash a well-functioning aircraft,” stated Phatshwane – a veteran pilot with over 40 years of experience under the Air Arm unit.
Phatshwane went on to express shock at Manyuni’s flagrant disregard for the rules of the game, “they were in a formation if you recall well and the guiding principle in that set-up is that if you have any problem, you immediately report to the formation team leader and signal a break-away from the formation.
Manyuni disregarded all these basic rules, not even to report to anybody-team members or even the barracks,” revealed Phatshwane when engaged on the much-publicised 2018 incident that took the life of a Rakops-born Pilot of BDF Class 27 of 2003/2004.
Phatshwane quickly dismisses the suggestion that perhaps the Fighter Jet could have been faulty, “the reasons why I am saying I was disappointed is that the aircraft was also in good condition and well-functioning. It was in our best interest to know what could have caused the accident and we launched a wholesale post-accident investigation which revealed that everything in the structure was working perfectly well,” he stated.
Phatshwane continued: “we thoroughly assessed the condition of the engine of the aircraft as well as the safety measures-especially the ejection seat which is the Pilot’s best safety companion under any life-threatening situation. All were perfectly functional.”
In aircrafts, an ejection seat or ejector seat is a system designed to rescue the pilot or other crew of an aircraft in an emergency. The seat is propelled out of the aircraft by an explosive charge or rocket motor, carrying the pilot with it.”
Manyuni knew about all these safety measures and had checked their functionality prior to using the Aircraft as is routine practice, according to Phatshwane. Could Manyuni have been going through emotional distress of some sort? Phatshwane says while he may never really know about that, what he can say is that there are laid out procedures in aviation guiding instances of emotional instability which Manyuni also knew about.
“We don’t allow or condone emotionally or physically unfit Pilots to take charge of an aircraft. If a Pilot feels unfit, he reports and requests to be excused. We will subsequently shift the task to another Pilot. We do this because we know the risks of leaving an unfit pilot to fly an aircraft,” says Phatshwane.
Despite having happened a day before the BDF day, Phatshwane says the BDF day mishap did not really affect the BDF day preparations, although it emotionally distracted Manyuni’s flying formation squad a bit, having seen him break away from the formation to the stone-hearted ground. The team soldiered on and immediately reported back to base for advice and way forward, according to Phatshwane.
Sharing the details of the ordeal and his Pilots’ experiences, Phatshwane said: “they (pilots) were in distress, who wouldn’t? They were especially hurt by the deceased‘s lack of communication. I immediately called a chaplain to attend to their emotional needs.
He came and offered them counselling. But soldiers don’t cry, they immediately accepted that a warrior has been called, wiped off their tears and instantly reported back for duty. I am sure you saw them performing miracles the following day at the BDF day as arranged.”
Despite the matter having attracted wide publicity, the BDF kept the crash details a distance away from the public, a move that Phatshwane felt was not in the best interest of the army and public.
“The incident attracted overwhelming public attention. Not only that, there were some misconceptions attached to the incident and I thought it was upon the BDF to come out and address those for the benefit of the public and army’s reputation,” he said.
One disturbing narrative linked to the incident was that Manyuni heroically wrestled the ‘faulty’ aircraft away from the endangered public to die alone, a narrative which Phatshwane disputes as just people’s imaginations. “Like I said the Aircraft was functioning perfectly,” he responded.
A close family member has hinted that the traumatised Manyuni family, at the time of their son’s tragedy, strongly accused the BDF ‘of killing their son’. Phatshwane admits to this development, emphasising that “Manyuni’s mother was visibly and understandably in inconsolable pain when she uttered those words”.
Phatshwane was the one who had to travel to Rakops through the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) aircraft to deliver the sad news to the family but says he found the family already in the know, through social media. At the time of his death, Manyuni was survived by both parents, two brothers, a sister, fiancée and one child. He was buried in Rakops in an emotionally-charged burial. Like his remains, the BDF fighter jets have been permanently rested.
A matter in which former President Lt Gen Ian Khama had brought before Broadhurst Police Station in Gaborone, requesting the State to charge Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) lead investigator, Jako Hubona and others with perjury has been committed to Headquarters because it involves “elders.”
Broadhurst Police Station Commander, Obusitswe Lokae, told this publication this week that the case in its nature is high profile so the matter has been allocated to his Officer Commanding No.3 District who then reported to the Divisional Commander who then sort to commit it to Police Headquarters.