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Kgosi now main act in P250 million NPF case

Former Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS), Isaac Seabelo Kgosi has been added as the 18th accused person in the P250 million looting of the National Petroleum Fund (NPF).

Village Magistrate Goodwill Makofi on Thursday ruled in favour of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) to have their charge sheet amended in order to include the former spy chief. This is the 10th time that the DPP has amended their charge sheet. With the prosecution having successfully amended the charge sheet, Kgosi is being accused of abuse of office, and corruption whilst employed as a public officer. The former spy chief is yet to take the plea.

Kgosi is charged alongside High Court Justice Zein Kebonang, his twin brother Sadique Kebonang, Kenneth Kerekang, Bakang Seretse, Khulaco Company, Mogomotsi Seretse, Kago Stimela, Kgori Capital and its directors Sharifa Noor and Alfonse Ndzinge. The Prosecution has filed an application to withdraw the charges laid against Kgori Capital directors, Sharifa Noor and Alfonse Ndzinge. Furthermore, Magistrate Makofi has recused himself from hearing the case as he revealed to have close relations with the 18th accused person, Isaac Kgosi.

WeekendPost investigations carried out last year revealed Kgosi had been interviewed by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) on the ongoing P250 million National Petroleum Fund (NPF) scandal in which he requested the funds to procure firearms and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in 2017.

 It emerged from the latest charges against the accused persons that he was given false information.

In August 2017, he proposed that the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security releases an amount of P250 million for the design and construction of additional strategic fuel storages sites in a bid to further expand these sites to cater for other essential government organs.

After the ministry responded by acceding to the request and stipulated the funds within the NPF, Kgosi then later said procurement of petroleum facilities was no longer a priority, saying he would divert the funds to wildlife poaching, human and drug trafficking.

Fresh information that this publication gathered was that the records states that the same equipment that he allegedly procured was also procured in 2010, though the directorate has only one set of equipment.

“The same goods that he procured last year were also procured sometime in 2010, which means the department has to have two sets of that equipment. But there is only one set at the DIS office,” said a source at the DCEC. “One other set has to be accounted for. Either the 2010 equipment was bought and taken elsewhere, or it was never bought at all though the money was taken out to purchase such.”

Other sources from the DIS stated that the directorate was facing a difficult time in terms of records because during Kgosi’s reign there was no properly constituted procurement committee.

Bakang’s attorney, Kgosietsile Ngakaagae last year had always stated before the courts that there was no how his client could be charged with money laundering when the key players in the deal were free men.

He said, his client was mainly acting on the instructions given by Kgosi in all the transactions that he has done. This publication has it in good authority that investigations against Kgosi were still continuing during that period. “Though the DIS has paid the P118 million to NPF account, there are still many questions than answers concerning the said deal,” said the source.

The investigations against Kgosi according to sources in the intelligence security, was to establish whether the equipment brought was worth P118 million.

“The other loophole is the date in which the contract was signed and the date in which money was allegedly paid to the Israeli company. He paid the money in August and later signed a contract when the scandal started in November last year,” said the source. The matter has been postponed to March 19th for status hearing.

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Free at last: Ian Kirby Speaks Out

6th December 2021
Justice Ian Kirby

The outgoing President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ian Kirby, shares his thoughts with us as he leaves the Bench at the end of this year.

WeekendPost: Why did you move between the Attorney General and the Bench?

Ian Kirby: I was a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers three times- first in 1969 as Assistant State Counsel, then in 1990 as Deputy Attorney General (Civil), and finally in 2004 as Attorney General. I was invited in 2000 by the late Chief Justice Julian Nganunu to join the Bench. I was persuaded by former President Festus Mogae to be his Attorney General in 2004 as, he said, it was my duty to do so to serve the nation. I returned to the Judiciary as soon as I could – in May 2006, when there was a vacancy on the High Court Bench.

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Civil society could rescue Botswana’s flawed democracy’ 

6th December 2021
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Botswana’s civil society is one of the non-state actors that could save the country’s democracy from sliding into regression, a Germany based think tank has revealed.  This is according to a discussion paper by researchers at the German Development Institute who analysed the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes In Botswana.

In the paper titled “E-government and democracy in Botswana: Observational and experimental evidence on the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes,” the researchers offer a strongly worded commentary on Botswana’s ‘flawed democracy.’  The authors noted that with Botswana’s Parliament structurally – and in practice – feeble, the potential for checks and balances on executive power rests with the judiciary.

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Bangwato at loggerheads over Moshupa trip

6th December 2021

Bangwato in Serowe — where Bamagwato Paramount Chief and former President Lt. Gen Ian Khama originates – disagree on whether they must send a delegation to dialogue with President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s family in Moshupa. Just last week, a meeting was called by the Regent of Bamagwato, Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane, at Serowe Kgotla to, among others, update the tribe on the whereabouts of their Kgosi (Khama). 

Further, his state of health was also discussed, with Kgamane telling the attendees that all is well with Khama. The main reason for the meeting was to deliberate on the escalating tension between Khama and Masisi — a three-year bloodletting going unabated.

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