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Morupisi threatens legal action against Masisi

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Former Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Carter Morupisi says he is “shocked” and in disbelief following reproachful remarks made by President Mokgweetsi Masisi when addressing Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) delegates over the president’s holidays.

Reports reaching this publication suggest that Morupisi is considering taking legal action against president Masisi after he spoke ill of him in a leaked audio in which he was addressing democrats. In the audio, Masisi alleged that he never instructed Morupisi to attack Khama while he was still the Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP). President Masisi is also heard in the audio saying Morupisi did that on his own but advised that he should follow the law.

In a brief interview with this publication, Morupisi said he listened to president Masisi’s speech carefully in-order to understand what he meant when he spoke about him when addressing the BDP National Council. “It is true that I carefully listened to president Masisi’s audio when addressing BDP delegates during the president’s holidays,” he says, adding that he is shocked by what he said.
“How could he talk about me in such a forum where I cannot defend myself?” he rhetorically asked.

He said at the moment he is studying the audio and will seek advice from relevant people and if necessary appropriate action will be taken at the right time. On the other hand, former president Ian Khama has already hit back at Masisi describing him as a person who “suffered a cruel loss of memory”.

Khama also said he is ”still bound by the oath of secrecy that I swore to therefore I cannot discuss cabinet minutes or procedures except in clarifying inaccuracies, untruths and gross misrepresentation as has happened in this case”.

He denied ever asking Masisi to appoint his brother Tshekedi to deputise Masisi as his vice. Meanwhile some BDP members who were also part of the delegates who opted for anonymity blamed the president for being reckless in his speech when he spoke about former president Khama and others.

“Who advised him to talk like that?” asked one of the members. “As democrats most of us were not pleased about his allegations on Khama including other former BDP members, he has to grow up politically and ignore Khama and do his presidential work,” they said.

They stated that “It was common knowledge that the entire cabinet at that time hated Masisi while still the vice and they wanted him to be removed; now he turns around and claims that he wanted to resign on four occasions”.

However around 2018, Morupisi flexed his muscles on Khama when he ordered about six employees who had been serving former president Khama for several years to withdraw from his office and be redeployed to state house effective 1st November that same year.

The same year around October in Palapye, Morupisi ordered the police to take the main table that Khama was supposed to use during a Kgotla meeting. Morupisi also instructed government officials including the district commissioner not to attend the kgotla meeting that Khama was addressing.

Contacted for comment the suspended president of Botswana Patriotic Front BPF Biggie Butale said what Masisi when addressing BDP delegates was very unfortunate and he did not quite indicate what he said to him accurately.

He said the public should understand that he did not do anything unethical when he met Masisi and it will not be proper to divulge what both discussed during their meeting. “I am also weighing options whether to issue a statement or not,” he said

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