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.”
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.