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Magosi in self-quarantine over Coronavirus threats

Directorate of Intelligence Security Service (DISS) Director General (DG) Peter Magosi is reported to be on a seven day self-isolation following his trip to countries that are highly infected by the Corona Virus (COVID-19) which has been declared a pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO).

This publication has learned that the spy chief has been trotting the world in a bid to garner more information relating to Wilhelminah ‘Butterfly’ Maswabi’s high profile case. Maswabi is facing three criminal charges of financing terrorism, possession of unexplained property and false declaration for passports. On Financing Terrorism, this is a charge which on its own carries life imprisonment which the State prosecutors say could be a motivating factor for one not to stand trial and flee the jurisdiction which will delay the proceedings and evidence against her to be compromised.

Maswabi is expected to appear before the courts in August this year as her tussle with the State continues. WeekendPost is told that Magosi had to travel the world after getting a tip off that some countries including Israel and the United Kingdom have convincing evidence linking Maswabi to the charges. The intention, sources say, was to dig up the evidence quickly and in person as the DG wants to present the evidence before the courts once the case resumes.

DIS boss and his office have been accused of fabricating evidence linking Maswabi to the crimes hence fighting with everything to glean new proof to convince the courts beyond reasonable doubt. It is however worth noting that, informants told this publication that Magosi was advised not to travel as he was exposing himself to the deadly virus. “But he dared not listen,” says a source. “He arrived in Botswana this past Sunday and he has taken a decision to isolate himself for seven days in case of any symptoms he would seek medical assistance.”

The suspicion is, Magosi passed through highly infected countries especially the United Kingdom which has recorded 3,269 cases, 144 deaths of Corona cases since the first case was recorded on 31st of January. The decision to self-quarantine is however said to be a personal one by Magosi. “He is a very considerate person and knowing the danger he might have been exposed to, he personally decided to quarantine himself for the good of others (Batswana). In fact he wants to show others by leading by example. Maybe he will be out tomorrow (Sunday) if at all he will be in good condition,” a very impeccable source told this publication.

Magosi however dismissed reports that he is in self-isolation when WeekendPost asked him. “The truth is I am not (quarantined). Because of my operations, I have offices all over but it is not true. As to my travels it is very unfortunate that I cannot tell you, but it is not true,” he said in a cell phone interview. The government of Botswana has also joined the bandwagon of countries who fight the scourge.

“The initial budget allocated to deal with this virus was P31 millions of which P50 million had been requested. P22 million has already been spent thus far. Do we have money to fight this? No, we have no money lying around but this money we will find. At this moment we have not declared this a national disaster however we still treat this as a state of emergency, we have no confirmed cases,” President Mokgweetsi Masisi told journalists on Thursday. Among others, the government has decided to close learning institutions and directed that funerals should take at least two hours.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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