Following a Serowe Kgotla meeting last year addressed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi in which Bangwato relayed their grievances over their chief, Ian Khama’s self-imposed exile, his Uncles have written a letter demanding to see the President.
The royal uncles in a letter penned by one of their own Mokhutshwane Sekgoma, say in that November meeting, Masisi led Ba-Gammangwato and the nation to believe that he desired to be part of a conversation that could lead to the resolution of his fallout with Khama, and that such a conversation would be administered in a solemn manner out of the public eye.
In response to a question put to him about the issue Masisi said, “Potso nngwe le nngwe e nale karabo, dilo tsa bagolo ga di buelwe mo dibatleng, ga gona yo o ka sotlwang kwa ntle ga molao ke le teng,” insinuating that he was ready to cast some light on his differences with Khama in a closed door forum, while also assuring that no one’s rights and liberties could be infringed upon or curtailed under his watch.
Ensuing this assay by Masisi, the royal uncles have taken up the matter with the President on his word that, “Ga gona se se ka nkganelang go nna hatshe ke reetsa,” and request a meeting with the President personally such that they could get it from the horse’s mouth.
“Regrettably it would seem that Masisi is now dishonoring the promise he made to us in Serowe. He has decided to abdicate his responsibility to answer questions that only he can answer, by relegating this responsibility to the newly appointed Minister of Local Government, Kgotla Autlwetse and putting the condition that Autlwetse must hear what we want to table before the President himself,” says the royal Uncles in a letter to Masisi.
The Uncles further say their position with Autlwetse is an equivocal delegate with vested political interest in the stand-off between his boss Masisi and his Paramount Chief Khama. They articulate that as the President has chosen to involve Autlwetse in the matter, they hope that Autlwetse’s role will be to facilitate them to reach the President and nothing more.
Following the royal Uncles’ meeting with Autlwetse, they have since written to the President highlighting the significance of seeing him in person as the issue is between him and their son, Former President Khama.
The royal Uncles call President Masisi to give their reaching out to him the compelling attention this matter rates, not only because he made the invitation in the first place, but also because they have been decreed by Ba-Gammangwato to do so given the irreversible harm that dragging the verdict of this dispute is causing to Botswana.
They say most warily, the Former President is now homeless in his country as a result of illicit actions of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) who have barricaded his official residence in Gaborone. “This cannot be acceptable and directly contradicts President Masisi’s assertion in Serowe that in Botswana everyone is protected by the rule of law,” concludes the royal Uncles.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.
In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.
While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.
Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.
Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.