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.
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.
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.
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.