Following the cascading developments that led to the arrest of Botswana Police Service (BPS) Commissioner, Keabetswe Makgophe, over alleged license firearms issued to former president Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, reports reaching this publication indicate that he might soon resign from his position.
Reliable information passed to WeekendPost suggests that Makgophe who has not been well for some time is likely to quit his position before time. It is understood that his contract is expected to end sometime next year. A good number of senior police officers are also set to retire this year, among them, Nunu Lesetedi as well as deputy director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Kesetsenao Tshweneitsile, just to mention a few.
It is understood that BPS management is shaken by the commissioner’s arrest. Former BPS commissioners also expressed concern over Makgophe’s arrest and fear that his arrest might destabilise BPS. In an interview with this publication, former police commissioner, Edwin Batshu said he was shocked and disappointed after hearing that the BPS commissioner had been arrested. “When I heard last week that the commissioner has been arrested the news shocked me and felt disappointed,” he said.
He said though he is not sure what could have triggered his arrest, it was prudent that the state should come out clearly and explain to the public what could have triggered his arrest rather than allowing speculation which most of the time causes confusion. “It’s been more than 48 hours now and the state could have arraigned him before the court so that we know what wrong he might have made while on duty,” he says.
He said this arrest might also trigger a lot of things within BPS as some top brass might also leave the organisation earlier than expected. “Once this happens, it will then put BPS in real trouble as the experienced would have left, leaving behind those who are still learning,” he says. He recalls the time when he was still a commissioner that Makgophe was a very humble traffic officer and rose through the ranks until he was appointed to become the police commissioner a few years ago.
“I do personally respect Makgophe and we often interact. He took the BPS to the next level which humbled me,“ he said. He adds that once he is released, he will reach out to him and get to understand what might have happened that led to his arrest. Batshu reminded the public that during his commissionership, he suggested that the security intelligence should be removed from the BPS as the world was reluctant to share intelligence with BPS and that was a major concern.
By then such intelligence under BPS was called Security Intelligence Service (SIS) which was disbanded and led to the formation of Directorate of Intelligence Security (DISS). However some commissioners who opted to remain anonymous share the same sentiments with Batshu that they are equally shocked and disappointed by the arrest of Makgophe.
“Why was his arrest not kept secret to avert uncertainty both locally and internationally?” they asked? We are totally not pleased on how the DISS conducts its self during their operations and that has to be corrected because chaos is brewing in this country,” said one former commissioner anonymously.
They appealed to the director general of DISS to slow down and do his work professionally not to act like Hollywood stars. Batshu was the third Motswana to head BPS since independence, the first commissioner was Simon Hirschfield followed by Norman Moleboge as well as Thebeyame Tsimako.
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.