Former President, Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama, is a concerned man after he was recently informed that his alleged assassins are busy crosshatching a well thought-out strategy that will eventually eliminate him using two of the world’s deadliest, undetectable poisons sourced from Russia and China, a claim passed to WeekendPost says.
A few weeks ago, it was reported in local newspapers that Khama now fears for his life, a statement that he refuted this week but ratifying that with the current regime anything is possible.
Fresh information reaching this publication reveals that Khama was this week warned through a WhatsApp message that his life is in danger.
In the message, seen by this publication and which Khama considers credible, he was warned that so far three attempts have failed in the recent past to have him poisoned.
According to sources close to the developments, Khama’s alleged assassins are well equipped with two of the world’s top five deadliest poisons used to get rid of one’s enemies in spy assassinations.
Unconfirmed reports state that one or two governments in the region are in possession of Polonium 210 and Strychnine, which fall under the top five substances political regimes have used in the past — or might use — to eliminate adversaries or traitors.
It is alleged that these substances have been found in Botswana and suspected to have been supplied by Zimbabwean Central Intelligence Organization (CIO) through their counterparts in Russia and China.
Polonium 210 cannot be bought in the market and it is almost impossible for it to be detectable if the investigation starts too late. It has a half- life of 138 days. In nature, it only appears in marginal quantities as a product of radioactive decay.
In 2006, former Russian intelligence colleagues reportedly used the radioactive element to poison former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko, by pouring the substance into his tea. 23 days elapsed between the day when he was hospitalised and his death.
In his own admission this week, Khama told WeekendPost that nowadays whenever he goes around the country he is followed by members of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Service (DIS).
The former President said the Russian opposition leader who was recently poisoned was followed for four years according to CNN news reports before they finally killed him.
“These guys will follow me and on the way like Mahalapye another lot takes over,” he said.
“You don’t get followed around for fun. Obviously they do so to achieve something. It costs money, time and man-power. This expense is for a purpose. If they wanted information about where I am going they could just ask my DIS security to do so for them. The fact that they don’t, speaks for itself,” said Khama.
Khama recalls a recent incident that happened while he was driving from Serowe to his farm when he was alerted by someone that he is being followed.
Upon verifying the statement, they realised that a white station wagon suspected to belong to DIS was following from a distance, a statement that he substantiated with evidence. However they continued with the trip to the farm while they paid much attention.
Asked if he fears for his life Khama said: “I think anything can happen to me with the current regime but I am not living in fear, NO!”
Khama also confirmed that all his security personnel who were recently recalled from his office by the DIS have been replaced and have already reported to work despite one incident where there were discrepancies owing to them reporting late for work therefore compromising his security at the material time.
A few weeks ago Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF), a party which the former President serves as a patron, lost its founding Secretary General Roseline Panzirah-Matshome, a stalwart in Botswana politics due to heart related complications.
At the time, some of the party members suspected her death a result of foul play. Asked about the incident Khama said, “I can understand why based on the previous circumstances they will think that”.
He said at the moment there is no proof against that background and that it is still relatively new and might traumatize the family therefore choosing not to comment any further.
Earlier this year WeekendPost reported that former President Ian Khama’s lawyers were probing his attempted assassination.
Asked this week if the lawyers have come up with enough evidence in their investigations, Khama said the only problem hindering their success is that their informers are terrified to come forth with the truth for fear of victimisation and or being murdered.
However, he said that investigations will be completed soon.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.
The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.
Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa
A report; “Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19” presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFI’s have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and it’s financing.
COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; “Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. “It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.”
According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.
“There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFI’s.”
Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; “What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects. ”
Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.
Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.
“Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money.” He said.
For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.
“The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies.” Said Gare.
Letlhakeng:TotalEnergies Botswana today launched a Road Safety Campaign as part of their annual Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM), in partnership with Unitrans, MVA Fund, TotalEnergies Letlhakeng Filling Station and the Letlhakeng Sub District Road Safety Committee during an event held in Letlhakeng under the theme, #IamTrafficToo.
The Supplier Relationship Management initiative is an undertaking by TotalEnergies through which TotalEnergie annually explores and implements social responsibility activities in communities within which we operate, by engaging key stakeholders who are aligned with the organization’s objectives. Speaking during the launch event, TotalEnergies’ Operations and HSSEQ, Patrick Thedi said, “We at TotalEnergies pride ourselves in being an industrial operator with a strategy centered on respect, listening, dialogue and stakeholder involvement, and a partner in the sustainable social and economic development of its host communities and countries. We are also very fortunate to have stakeholders who are in alignment with our organizational objectives. We assess relationships with our key stakeholders to understand their concerns and expectations as well as identify priority areas for improvement to strengthen the integration of Total Energies in the community. As our organization transitions from Total to Total Energies, we are committed to exploring sustainable initiatives that will be equally indicative of our growth and this Campaign is a step in the right direction. ”
As part of this campaign roll out, stakeholders will be refurbishing and upgrading and installing road signs around schools in the area, and generally where required. One of the objectives of the Campaign is to bring awareness and training on how to manage and share the road/parking with bulk vehicles, as the number of bulk vehicles using the Letlhakeng road to bypass Trans Kalahari increases. When welcoming guests to Letlhakeng, Kgosi Balepi said he welcomed the initiative as it will reduce the number of road incidents in the area.
Also present was District Traffic Officer ASP, Reuben Moleele, who gave a statistical overview of accidents in the region, as well as the rest of the country. Moleele applauded TotalEnergies and partners on the Campaign, especially ahead of the festive season, a time he pointed out is always one with high road statistics. The campaign name #IamTrafficToo, is a reminder to all road users, including pedestrians that they too need to be vigilant and play their part in ensuring a reduction in road incidents.
The official proceedings of the day included a handover of reflectors and stop/Go signs to the Letlhakeng Cluster from TotalEnerigies, injury prevention from tips from MVA’s Onkabetse Petlwana, as well as bulk vehicle safety tips delivered from Adolf Namate of Unitrans.
TotalEnergies, which is committed to having zero carbon emissions by 2050, has committed to rolling out the Road safety Campaign to the rest of the country in the future.