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TK meets Khama in South Africa

Tshekedi Khama

Tshekedi Khama together with his twin brother Anthony and wife Thea, who were dramatically arrested by security agents last week, have travelled to South Africa to meet elder brother and former President Lt Gen Ian Khama to update him on their recent ordeal.

The trio were arrested on Friday last week, and they were released on separate days on the same weekend. No charges were laid against them. It has only surfaced that the Khamas through their company Seleka Springs were the agents of BDF procuring a number of major equipment needed by the army and the government is probing them. Now they have decided to meet Ian Khama in Johannesburg, at his request so that he appreciate what happened and the state of the holding cells they were in. The family will also decide on the decision to sue the government as they feel this was unlawful arrest.

TK who is also the Secretary General of Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) could not be reached at press time. However, the party spokesperson Lawrence Ookeditse confirmed the meeting.  “There is nothing extraordinary about the meeting it is just a routine one to obviously appraise him about the arrest and everything surrounding them,” he said. “I spoke to him 15 minutes ago, and I want to clarify misleading reports that he crossed at the wrong place that is not true, he normally drives, and I am sure you can access all that information at immigration.”

But could this be another self-imposed exile by the Khamas? “I doubt, he will surely come back. It is only that I don’t know when, but he will come back,” Ookeditse stated in an interview. For a long time since 2020, the Khamas have been on the DIS radar, and it was a matter of time before he was arrested. This was a renewed crusade to investigate the Khama family and Isaac Kgosi over BDF procurement that happened 30 years ago.

Prior to the arrest last week there was a three-week investigation on the trio that even led to DIS leader calling in a retired former BDF procurement officer Major Kewakae to assist with information about BDF procurement which happened over 30 years ago.  “He wants anything that could lead to them coming up with strong charges to help them arrest Khama, Tshekedi and Kgosi,” said a highly placed source before the arrest.

It appears the state is fuming for losing a P100 billion case in which both Khama and Kgosi were implicated. The governmnet is pushing for their persecution despite warning from some that the case is just figment of imagination. “The state is under pressure to pin something on Kgosi, Khama and Tshekedi Khama before the end of State of Emergency which elapse end of this month. This is a desperate measure after the failed P100 billion case and an embarrassment the state has suffered in court following the arrest of Kgosi and his triumph over tax evasion charges,” an impeccable source told WeekendPost late last year.

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Why Katholo engaged private lawyers against State

16th May 2022
Katlholo

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.

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Dada to break Kwelagobe’s BDP long standing record

16th May 2022
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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.

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The Gulaam Husain Abdoola – Dubai sting detailed

16th May 2022
Gulaam Husain Abdoola

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.

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