Director General of the Directorate on Intelligence and Security, Brigadier Peter Magosi is accused of being the chief architect of events that led to the downfall of the suspended Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP), Carter Morupisi.
As things stand Morupisi is scheduled to officially exit the public service at the end of this month, WeekendPost has established.Morupisi was suspended from office in September 2019, after he was accused and charged with three charges of corruption – abuse of office, receiving bribery and money laundering, in relation to the alleged misappropriation of about P500 million from the Botswana Public Officers Pensioner Fund and Capital Management Botswana (CMB).
Investigations carried out by this publication indicate that Magosi played a major role in the Morupisi’s destiny. The suspended PSP has been kicking his heels at home ever since September last year. Magosi is accused of having planted evidence against Morupisi through one DIS agent (names withheld). The agent was allegedly used to implicate Morupisi in the case of BPOPF’s missing P500 million.
However, Morupisi who was BPOPF’s chair until 2018 had been mentioned several times in the matter before being charged. Morupisi was alleged to have benefited from some of the transactions in the P500 million in question. WeekendPost has it on good authority that on one rare occasion early January, one young man (names withheld) approached Morupisi on claims that he had information about him concerning the DIS and Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC).
The young man, according to an impeccable source, then alleged that he had been sent by Magosi and would like to show Morupisi a certain file that had formidable evidence on how DIS was plotting against him. He further alleged that the DIS together with the DCEC were going to plot a break in at his office to plant certain documents. These documents were to help manufacture enough evidence to help them in the cases against the PSP.
Moreover, it is alleged that there has been several attempts to buy off Morupisi’s closest acquaintances by the DIS to get information on Morupisi but such moves were unsuccessful. This publication has valuable evidence from a leaked conversation between Morupisi and one of his acquaintances, who had also been approached by the DIS to share ‘evidence’ against him.
Upon getting informed by the young man, Morupisi then reported the matter to the DIS, and he was informed that Magosi’s deputy, Tefo Kgotlhane will be the one handling the matter. The young man was arrested and called in for questioning in the presence of the complainant. It was then discovered prior to his arrest that the young man was known to Magosi. It was further revealed that the young man disposed some of the messages that showed that he had been in communication with the Director General.
When reached for comment Morupisi confirmed that he had laid a complainant against the young man to the DIS of which Kgotlhane said he handed him to his supervisor, Magosi. “Deputy Kgotlhane said he had handed the matter to Magosi, stating that he will therefore ask of its progress when Magosi returns from his African Union trip with the President. I am still awaiting their feedback on the matter,” he said.
Morupisi confirmed that somebody had come to him with claims that he had information that will help him, even though he could not divulge more details as he mentioned that the DIS has not given him feedback yet on the matter. However, it is purported that Magosi at first had denied knowing the young man or his whereabouts. Only after he (Magosi) ‘remembered’ the young lad, he then instructed that the young man be released from the DIS holding cells.
Sources within the DIS have also confirmed the arrest of the young man. DIS spokesperson, Edward Robert confirmed that the case has reached DIS office. “The PSP has indeed reported a matter to us of which I cannot reveal at this moment because investigations are still ongoing,” Robert said.The Director General has been making headlines of recent on several flawed cases he has handed over to the DCEC.
The President is alleged to have confronted him on the issues, asking him to tone down as such instances have potential of tarnishing the institution’s credibility. Magosi has on several occasions been accused of a lot of mismanagement in his office together with the respectable position he holds. Magosi has been DIS Director General since May 2018, taking over from founding Director General, Colonel Isaac Kgosi.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.