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DIS broke to clear election job debt


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.


Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.

Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021

Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.

Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.

Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”

“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.

He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.

He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.

According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.

There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.

Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.

“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication.
The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.

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