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’’.
In a significant stride towards inclusivity, Botswana’s National Assembly has ratified the groundbreaking Persons with Disability Act. This legislation is a cornerstone in protecting the rights and promoting the economic well-being of individuals with disabilities
At the heart of this act is the creation of two pivotal bodies: the National Disability Coordinating Office and the National Disability Council. These institutions are set to revolutionize the integration of disability affairs into the national fabric, as outlined by the Minister for State President, Kabo Morwaeng. Morwaeng highlighted the alignment of this act with the global Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), underlining Botswana’s commitment to international standards in disability rights.
During his address to Parliament, Morwaeng disclosed Botswana’s inaugural CRPD report submission to the UN, underscoring the nation’s dedication to global dialogue on disability rights. Furthermore, he unveiled plans for a comprehensive assessment to understand the socio-economic realities of disabled individuals and their families. This initiative, complemented by the strengthening of existing programs, aims to empower this community, ensuring their integration and prosperity in society
Morwaengâ€™s call to action was clear. He urged a collective shift in developmental agendas to accommodate and prioritize disability issues, advocating for an inclusive societal framework.
An ambitious budget of P35,631,600 has been allocated to bridge gaps in Disability Economic Empowerment, alongside critical studies and the establishment of the National Emergency Operations Centre. Concluding his presentation, Morwaeng appealed to fellow governmental departments to allocate funds diligently to fulfill CRPD and Persons with Disabilities obligations, marking a new chapter in Botswana’s legislative history towards inclusive development.
Kabo Matlho, a luminary whose fame once graced the grand finale of My Star, is poised to enchant the music realm once more with an upcoming solo ventureâ€”an RnB and Hip-Hop Extended Play (EP)â€”heralding his grand resurgence after a hiatus that spoke volumes.
During a telephonic confab with our editors, the virtuoso, navigating the world from the confines of his wheelchair, confided that while the exact launch date of the EP remains shrouded in mystery, he is fervently working towards a mid-2024 reveal. Matlho shared the trials of his odyssey, especially the cold shoulder he received from the industry ambushes, crediting the harsh exclusion to his physical predicament.
“The scene calls me once more, for the absence has been both a sabbatical and a shadow. The road for an artist, enveloped in the embrace of wheels, is strewn with fewer welcomes and scarce stages. Yet, herein I forge my return, with the precise hour of my EP’s birth still nestled in the coming chapters, assuredly within this yearâ€™s embrace,” Matlho unveiled with a determination that shone bright.
Probed on his choice for a solo EP, the melody weaver expressed a desire to not only rekindle his essence but to stand solitary under the spotlight, nurturing his brand to vigor before possibly blending it with the talents of othersâ€”once his career phoenix rises anew from its ashes.
Elaborating on his Extended Play, Matlho shared visions of its essence, where the soul of RnB intertwines with the spirited rhythm of Hip-Hop, crafting an audial tapestry that not only returns to his roots but also ventures into previously uncharted territories of his musical domain. With resilience, Matlho faces the crossroads of his artistry, embracing the whisperings of Hip-Hop that tease the boundaries of his comfort, embarking on this path with a heart both apprehensive and ablaze.
The Botswana DanceSport Association (BODANSA) has been graced with a financial boon of P45,000 courtesy of Turnstar Holdings. This generous endowment is earmarked for the illustrious Botswana International Dance Sport Grand Prix Championships, which are scheduled to animate Gaborone from Friday to Saturday.
At a media engagement held early today, BODANSA’s Marketing Maestro, Tiro Ntwayagae, shared that Turnstar Holdings Limited has bestowed a gift of P45,000 towards the grand spectacle.
This enchanting space will also serve as the battleground for the preliminaries of traditional dance ensemblesâ€”spanning the rhythmically rich Setapa to the euphoric beats of Sebirwa, the spirited Seperu, the heavenly Hosana, and moreâ€”in a competition folded into the Traditional Dance Groups Category. The ensemble that dances into the judges’ hearts will clinch a grand prize of P10,000,” elaborated Ntwayagae.
He further illuminated that the cultural eve would not only celebrate traditional melodies but also the fresh beats of contemporary dance variants including Hip Hop, Sbujwa, Amapiano, among others, in a dazzling display of modern dance mastery.
Moreover, these championships carry the prestigious recognition by the World DanceSport Federation as a qualifying round for the Breakdance category for the Paris 2024 Olympics. “This is a monumental opportunity for athletes to leap towards their Olympic dreams during one of the penultimate qualifiers,” underscored Ntwayagae.
Looking ahead to March 2, 2024, the festivities will propel into the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Arena for the championship’s climactic showdowns encompassing Breakdance, Latin, and Ballroom Dancing.