Directorate of Intelligence Security (DIS) has refuted allegations relating to tracking of former president, Ian Khama, pointing out that they exist no motives to subject him to sabotage.
Subsequent claims have been made that Khama has been living in constant fear owing to suppositions about him being followed by DIS in South Africa. At some point, Khama decried that he was not safe and that raids, repetitive harassment by the agency were a part of ‘‘a plan to assassinate him’’. He alleged that there were attempts to poison him and possibly ‘‘plant military weapons’’ at his house.
The agency’s spokesperson, Edward Robert, however countered the allegations insinuating that the Directorate subscribes to obligations of protecting all former presidents. He made mention of the factthat the allegationshave been existent for quite a long periodbut rather untrue even though Khama has always kept on making accusations.
‘‘My office is not aware of any agents of the Directorate assigned to follow the former president, the allegations are not new. The former president has been making those allegations since he retired from office.The Directorate has always explained that its obligation to all the former presidents, including His Excellency Lt Gen Dr. Khama is that of provision of protection as opposed to harming them,” he said.
Khama has for a while been the intelligence agency’s most coveted man, and his reappearance could be hindered by the aforementioned fear. The tension between the former and the institution to that end occurs to be unfaltering. However, due to Khama’s primary intent to oust President Masisi, predictions are that he could return.
Former President General Ian Khama traveled to South Africa on November 8, 2021, on a private visit, as per indications. Several have surmised that he was evading the ultimate punishment, whereas others have suggested that the excursion ought not to be taken serious. He also denied on several occasions that he was indeed not on a mission of ‘‘asylum seeking’’ but undergoing advisory meetings with concerned parties.
The DIS had given him an injunction to surrender military weapons it alleged were in his possession on the day he landed South Africa. Prior to the ultimatum, Khama was involved in ongoing skirmishes with the intelligence agency, in which his and his brother’s homes were allegedly searched and weaponry seized from the latter’s residence.
The intelligence service had sealed his home in Gaborone, State House 4. They also apprehended the head of his private security for questioning. It was also alleged that Botswana’s entry points were on high alert, prepared to capture him as soon as he crossed the border or landed at one of the country’s airports.
Information that surfaced is that two DIS agents were shot and injured in South Africa by South African Hawks. The agents were allegedly on a mission of tailing Khama and it ended unfavorably for them when there occurred suspicions over their moves.
Asked to make a response on the matter, Robert said, ‘‘my office is not aware of the agents of the Directorate killed or injured in South Africa’’.
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.