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Magosi dares Masisi to fire him

The newly appointed Permanent Secretary to the President Elias Magosi, might be faced with a daunting task of having to dismiss the Director General of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Brigadier Peter Magosi from office.

The Magosi duo are the two topmost presidential advisors. President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi relies on them for advice on critical matters. Information reaching this publication indicate that Masisi has expressed numerous concerns to Peter Magosi, asking him to tone down the manner in which he executes his duties. However, it appears that Peter Magosi has not embraced Masisi’s advice, forcing the President, who also has the appointing authority to relieve him of his duties in an attempt to save his Government from further embarrassment.

Elias was appointed earlier last week to replace the outgoing suspended PSP Carter Morupisi. The PSP is the head of civil service and advises the President on matters relating to public administration. Elias will assume his office on substantive basis on Monday, and part of his major task will be handling the dismissal of Peter Magosi, a man who does not only hold a powerful position, but also happens to be his first cousin. Elias is deemed as a man of integrity and professionalism, a reliable source within the DIS has indicated that a decision to fire his cousin can never be a hard one to make.

“He is a professional, the President put him there for a good reason,” the source said.  This publication first reported in November 2019 that Peter Magosi’s job was on shaky grounds after speculation that Masisi had slapped him with a suspension letter. Peter Magosi was alleged to have rejected the suspension letter and posed threats that have put Masisi in a constricted position. The spy chief is alleged to have dared Masisi that if he was to temper with his post he was ready to “spill the beans” on the dark secrets of the current administration.

Despite the alleged threats, sources close to Masisi have revealed that letting Brigadier Magosi go is a risk he is willing to take.  “The President cannot afford to have Magosi remain as the spy chief. He is pursuing his exit. Keeping him there is a threat to national security of which Masisi is aware of,” the source said.  It is purported that for the past couple of months the Office of the President (OP) has been marred by disgruntlements because of the DIS saga.

Sources within the intelligence have indicated that the DIS institution is turning into a laughing stock owing to its diminishing credibility. The DIS credibility was heavily bruised following the famous “Butterfly” saga in which there were serious allegations that evidence had been fabricated to advance a particular agenda. It is purported that some of the cases pursued by Brigadier Magosi are motivated by personal interests amounting to abuse of office.

Brigadier Magosi reportedly played a major role in manufacturing evidence against the undercover agent -Wilhelmina Maswabi famously known as “Butterfly”- in which she was accused of transferring P29 million Pula into the former spy chief Colonel Isaac Kgosi’s account to finance terrorism. This allegation was linked to threats made by Kgosi to “topple the government” during his “Hollywood” arrest in 2019. Magosi has on several occasions been accused of presenting before courts several flawed high profile corruption, terrorism and money laundering cases that have immensely bruised the government’s image.

Sources within the DIS expressed concern that the government could end up losing a lot of money due to these failed cases. Just two weeks back, the Sebina brothers successfully sued the Director General for the return of their properties which had been seized from them in a series of much publicised raids by the DIS in February 2019.  The court set aside the seizure warrant obtained by Brigadier Magosi against the Sebina brothers and ordered that their properties be returned to them with immediate effect. The DG is to also to pay the legal costs of the Sebina brothers.

Late last year this publication inquired with Brigadier Magosi on the allegations that he was pursuing investigations for his personal agendas and using the DIS to harass people. Brigadier Magosi denied and rubbished the allegations. He also rubbished claims that his principal had slapped him with a suspension letter claiming that he and the President have “a very tight relationship and a long way to go.”After numerous reports indicating that Magosi was on suspension, he toned down, and was no longer seen actively being involved in guarding the President.

It is however alleged that Magosi’s suspension has been kept as top secret by the intelligence unit and Office of the President (OP). Sources further revealed that this decision came long and hard. Edward Robert, the DIS spokesperson, when asked what this many allegations on their DG means as an institution, he expressed that, “as a Directorate we are of course disturbed by what appears to be a sustained attack on his person. There has been a lot of unsubstantiated allegations and this has the potential to destabilise not only the institution but to bring confusion to the nation as well and it would appear that is the intention of those who peddle such.”

“The Directorate will continue pursuing those they believe have offended the DIS Act. The good thing is our stakeholders can see through this.  Staff at the Directorate are happy to have Brigadier Magosi as their leader given his academic qualification and experience in intelligence work and management. He possesses a wealth of knowledge in the trade that staff continues to draw from. There has been a tremendous buy-in to his roadmap.” 

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Masisi to dump Tsogwane?

28th November 2022

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.

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African DFIs gear to combat climate change

25th November 2022

The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.

Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa

A report; “Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19” presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFI’s have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and it’s financing.

COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; “Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. “It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.”

According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.

“There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFI’s.”

Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; “What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects. ”

Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.

Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.

“Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money.” He said.

For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.

“The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies.” Said Gare.

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TotalEnergies Botswana launches Road safety campaign in Letlhakeng

22nd November 2022

Letlhakeng:TotalEnergies Botswana today launched a Road Safety Campaign as part of their annual Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM), in partnership with Unitrans, MVA Fund, TotalEnergies Letlhakeng Filling Station and the Letlhakeng Sub District Road Safety Committee during an event held in Letlhakeng under the theme, #IamTrafficToo.

The Supplier Relationship Management initiative is an undertaking by TotalEnergies through which TotalEnergie annually explores and implements social responsibility activities in communities within which we operate, by engaging key stakeholders who are aligned with the organization’s objectives. Speaking during the launch event, TotalEnergies’ Operations and HSSEQ,   Patrick Thedi said,  “We at TotalEnergies pride ourselves in being an industrial operator with a strategy centered on respect, listening, dialogue and stakeholder involvement, and a partner in the sustainable social and economic development of its host communities and countries. We are also very fortunate to have stakeholders who are in alignment with our organizational objectives. We assess relationships with our key stakeholders to understand their concerns and expectations as well as identify priority areas for improvement to strengthen the integration of Total Energies in the community. As our organization transitions from Total to Total Energies, we are committed to exploring sustainable initiatives that will be equally indicative of our growth and this Campaign is a step in the right direction. ”

As part of this campaign roll out, stakeholders  will be refurbishing and upgrading and installing road signs around schools in the area, and generally where required. One of the objectives of the Campaign is to bring awareness and training on how to manage and share the road/parking with bulk vehicles, as the number of bulk vehicles using the Letlhakeng road to bypass Trans Kalahari increases. When welcoming guests to Letlhakeng, Kgosi Balepi said he welcomed the initiative as it will reduce the number of road incidents in the area.

Also present was District Traffic Officer ASP, Reuben Moleele,  who gave a statistical overview of accidents in the region, as well as the rest of the country. Moleele applauded TotalEnergies and partners on the Campaign, especially ahead of the festive season, a time he pointed out is always one with high road statistics. The campaign name #IamTrafficToo, is a reminder to all road users, including pedestrians that they too need to be vigilant and play their part in ensuring a reduction in road incidents.

The official proceedings of the day included a handover of reflectors and stop/Go signs to the Letlhakeng Cluster from TotalEnerigies, injury prevention from tips from MVA’s Onkabetse Petlwana, as  well as  bulk vehicle safety tips delivered from Adolf Namate of Unitrans.

TotalEnergies, which is committed to having zero carbon emissions by 2050,  has committed to rolling out the Road safety Campaign to the rest of the country in the future.

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