Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) has reportedly exhausted its operational and would not meet the P15 million elections job from a controversial World of Oath (Pty) Ltd company, sources have revealed.
Last week a leaked letter of demand from World of Oath Directors indicated that the DIS and its Director, Peter Fana Magosi owed them P15 million for services they rendered during elections.
The letter stated that the services rendered by the company were centred on events leading up to and post the Botswana 2019 general elections and were of an extremely sensitive, covert and highly classified nature.
Impeccable sources have however revealed to this publication that it is highly unlikely that the DIS would be able to pay the World of Oath, as the institution has currently insufficient funds and P15 million was too much of a high fee to be paid instantly.
“This could have been contained and not have escalated the way it did. DIS cannot make a once off payment, they will have to look at other means of paying off the debt,” a source said.
The source further revealed that a lot is at stake if the World of Oath Directors are not paid. “If this could reach the High Court, there is a lot of sensitive information that may be disclosed,” the source said.
Intelligence sources believe that World of Oath Directors have a lot of incriminating information that may cause public panic and highly discredit the Director General.
Investigations carried by this publication indicate that on Thursday last week, World of Oath Directors attempted to file a case with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), it is alleged that it was clear the young lads feared for their lives and wanted protection from the police.
However, information gathered is that they never got to write a statement and assured that they would come back to lay their matter again.
When speaking to this publication, Director of Criminal Investigating Department (CID), Busang Lesola indicated they have not yet registered any case with them but are aware of such accusations.
According to sources close to the DIS, Magosi always justifies the absence of the committees by saying that His Excellency the President, does not trust people from the previous administration who, by virtue of their positions, are members of some of these committees.
It is also sketchy on why the Central Intelligence Committee is dysfunctional. The lack of any functional committee within the DIS raises eyebrows on how decisions and daily operations of the intelligence unit are conducted.
Intelligence experts have deduced that these committees are important so that decisions made on national security are not central to one person or body. When reached for comment, Public Relations Officer Edward Robert confirmed that they have received documents relating to the issues surrounding the P15 million election job.
However, he indicated that he was constrained by obvious legal questions around the matter to comment further. “I can assure the public that the DIS has never entered into any contract with any entity to undertake illegal activities. Attempts to link us to such illegalities are not only laughable but also bear all the hallmarks of mischief,” said Robert.
Despite being hailed and still regarded as a hero who saved many lives through his decision to crash the BF5 fighter Jet around the national stadium on the eve of the 2018 BDF day, the deceased Pilot, Major Clifford Manyuni’s actions were treated as a letdown within the army, especially by his master-Commander of the Air Arm, Major General Innocent Phatshwane.
Manyuni’s master says he was utterly disappointed with his Pilot’s failure to perform “simple basics.”
Manyuni was regarded as a hero through social media for his ‘colourful exploits’, but Phatshwane who recently retired as the Air Arm Commander, revealed to WeekendPost in an exclusive interview that while he appreciated Batswana’s outpouring of emotions and love towards his departed Pilot, he strongly felt let down by the Pilot “because there was nothing wrong with that Fighter Jet and Manyuni did not report any problem either.”
The deceased Pilot, Manyuni was known within the army to be an upwardly mobile aviator and in particular an air power proponent.
“I was hurt and very disappointed because nobody knows why he decided to crash a well-functioning aircraft,” stated Phatshwane – a veteran pilot with over 40 years of experience under the Air Arm unit.
Phatshwane went on to express shock at Manyuni’s flagrant disregard for the rules of the game, “they were in a formation if you recall well and the guiding principle in that set-up is that if you have any problem, you immediately report to the formation team leader and signal a break-away from the formation.
Manyuni disregarded all these basic rules, not even to report to anybody-team members or even the barracks,” revealed Phatshwane when engaged on the much-publicised 2018 incident that took the life of a Rakops-born Pilot of BDF Class 27 of 2003/2004.
Phatshwane quickly dismisses the suggestion that perhaps the Fighter Jet could have been faulty, “the reasons why I am saying I was disappointed is that the aircraft was also in good condition and well-functioning. It was in our best interest to know what could have caused the accident and we launched a wholesale post-accident investigation which revealed that everything in the structure was working perfectly well,” he stated.
Phatshwane continued: “we thoroughly assessed the condition of the engine of the aircraft as well as the safety measures-especially the ejection seat which is the Pilot’s best safety companion under any life-threatening situation. All were perfectly functional.”
In aircrafts, an ejection seat or ejector seat is a system designed to rescue the pilot or other crew of an aircraft in an emergency. The seat is propelled out of the aircraft by an explosive charge or rocket motor, carrying the pilot with it.”
Manyuni knew about all these safety measures and had checked their functionality prior to using the Aircraft as is routine practice, according to Phatshwane. Could Manyuni have been going through emotional distress of some sort? Phatshwane says while he may never really know about that, what he can say is that there are laid out procedures in aviation guiding instances of emotional instability which Manyuni also knew about.
“We don’t allow or condone emotionally or physically unfit Pilots to take charge of an aircraft. If a Pilot feels unfit, he reports and requests to be excused. We will subsequently shift the task to another Pilot. We do this because we know the risks of leaving an unfit pilot to fly an aircraft,” says Phatshwane.
Despite having happened a day before the BDF day, Phatshwane says the BDF day mishap did not really affect the BDF day preparations, although it emotionally distracted Manyuni’s flying formation squad a bit, having seen him break away from the formation to the stone-hearted ground. The team soldiered on and immediately reported back to base for advice and way forward, according to Phatshwane.
Sharing the details of the ordeal and his Pilots’ experiences, Phatshwane said: “they (pilots) were in distress, who wouldn’t? They were especially hurt by the deceased‘s lack of communication. I immediately called a chaplain to attend to their emotional needs.
He came and offered them counselling. But soldiers don’t cry, they immediately accepted that a warrior has been called, wiped off their tears and instantly reported back for duty. I am sure you saw them performing miracles the following day at the BDF day as arranged.”
Despite the matter having attracted wide publicity, the BDF kept the crash details a distance away from the public, a move that Phatshwane felt was not in the best interest of the army and public.
“The incident attracted overwhelming public attention. Not only that, there were some misconceptions attached to the incident and I thought it was upon the BDF to come out and address those for the benefit of the public and army’s reputation,” he said.
One disturbing narrative linked to the incident was that Manyuni heroically wrestled the ‘faulty’ aircraft away from the endangered public to die alone, a narrative which Phatshwane disputes as just people’s imaginations. “Like I said the Aircraft was functioning perfectly,” he responded.
A close family member has hinted that the traumatised Manyuni family, at the time of their son’s tragedy, strongly accused the BDF ‘of killing their son’. Phatshwane admits to this development, emphasising that “Manyuni’s mother was visibly and understandably in inconsolable pain when she uttered those words”.
Phatshwane was the one who had to travel to Rakops through the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) aircraft to deliver the sad news to the family but says he found the family already in the know, through social media. At the time of his death, Manyuni was survived by both parents, two brothers, a sister, fiancée and one child. He was buried in Rakops in an emotionally-charged burial. Like his remains, the BDF fighter jets have been permanently rested.
A matter in which former President Lt Gen Ian Khama had brought before Broadhurst Police Station in Gaborone, requesting the State to charge Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) lead investigator, Jako Hubona and others with perjury has been committed to Headquarters because it involves “elders.”
Broadhurst Police Station Commander, Obusitswe Lokae, told this publication this week that the case in its nature is high profile so the matter has been allocated to his Officer Commanding No.3 District who then reported to the Divisional Commander who then sort to commit it to Police Headquarters.