While the government believes that the arson attack on the property belonging to minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kgotla Autlwetse was politically motivated, police say they are still yet to establish the motive behind the attack.
Speaking to this publication, Officer commanding Serowe police station, senior superintendent, Paul Oketsang, said it is highly probable that the number of suspects might increase as police investigations intensify. He noted that they are still yet to forensically analyse some gadgets pertaining to the case and this will likely take time and delay court proceedings.
“The suspects are still in custody and are scheduled to appear before court next month where the investigator is also expected to update the court on the progress of the investigations,” he says.
WeekendPost is also reliably informed that minister Autlwetse’s wife, Gabalape Autlwetse, who is the headmaster of Swaneng Hill school has since been transferred from Serowe to Gaborone as a security measure.
In the days following the arson attack, law enforcement agencies tracked down the suspects and arrested three people. The trio Thabang Segotso, Moreri Tshinki and Modisagape Marobela were charged with two counts of causing fire to property.
The Botswana government spokesperson, John Dipowe, was quoted on News24 saying government strongly believed that the arson attack was politically motivated. “While police investigations are still ongoing, the government condemns in the strongest terms the politically motivated violence, which seeks to disturb the peace and tranquillity that our citizens continue to enjoy under our democratic dispensation,” he said.
Meanwhile sources close to this publication revealed that the minister’s wife has been transferred to Bokamoso junior secondary school in Gaborone with immediate effect as part of security measures. It is reported that a heated exchange of letters took place between her and the employer – being the ministry of basic education and skills development.
It is reported that she had proposed to the ministry of basic education to be promoted to regional education officer, but the ministry turned down the request indicating that it was illegal. The ministry was unable to respond to this publication’s queries.
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.