Once again the Khama name is in the news. Tshekedi Khama and Anthony Khama were arrested and detained at Sebele yesterday (Friday) by Directorate of Intelligence Service (DIS) agents on sketchy grounds.
Former President Ian Khama, a brother to the arrested Khama twins took to Facebook sharing a video of Tshekedi Khama being arrested and captioned it stating; “Fellow citizens, I have just received the news that my twin brothers, Tshekedi Khama and Anthony Khama have been detained by the DIS and are being kept at the DIS offices in Sebele.
I do not know why my brothers are being detained. I am further informed that, the DIS are now going after Tshekedi Khama’s wife. As you will be aware, this is a continuation of the harassment and persecution that my family is being subjected to since the fabrication of accusations made against me.
I have not been able to speak to any of my brothers but I know that they have not broken any laws of Botswana. I have been informed by a source from within the DIS itself that this is done on specific orders from Mokgweetsi Masisi himself. “
On the one hand, the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) issued a press release condemning in the strongest terms what they refer to as politically motivated criminal acts of harassment against the Khama brothers. The statement went on that; “the DIS has resumed carrying out manifestly political instructions from Masisi/Magosi regime to harass political opponents.
The only crime the two have committed is being Khama brothers and BPF. Anything else is just a thin veneer to hide the actual intention which is to curtail their freedoms of expression and association.” The BPF continued to threaten the powers that be stating “there will be consequences ultimately for such savage acts.”
After the arrest, the Khama brothers were escorted to their Seleka Springs Offices where the DIS agents collected evidence but were not forthcoming on the type of information they were looking for when quizzed by this publication.
According to the DIS spokesperson, Edward Robert; “I can confirm the Directorate is currently interacting with a number of people on a matter the Directorate is dealing with. Among these people are Honourable Tshekedi Khama and Mr Anthony Khama. I am hamstrung to give details on the matter lest I tamper with the integrity of the investigations.
I can however assure the public that the Directorate, in dealing with this matter, just as has been the case, with similar matters we have dealt with before, be guided by the dictates of the law. Let us give investigations a chance.
These are not the first investigations the Directorate is carrying out and they are certainly not the last. There are established processes that we follow when we carry out investigations. Those processes are being followed even in this matter. And those processes are guided by the law.” Tshekedi Khama was prepared to speak to the media but was deterred by DIS agents.
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.