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Magosi receives Kgosi’s firearms, UAVs

Publishing Date : 03 September, 2018


The Directorate on Intelligence and Security (DIS) new boss, Brigadier Peter Magosi has two weeks ago received equipment in the form of firearms and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that was ordered by his predecessor Isaac Kgosi from Israel.

The UAV is an aircraft with no pilot on board. UAVs can be remote controlled aircraft (e.g. flown by a pilot at a ground control station) or can fly autonomously based on pre-programmed flight plans or more complex dynamic automation system. WeekendPost can reveal that the equipment was delivered by two Dignia System officials. Dignia System is a company in Israel where Kgosi used to buy the spy equipment during his tenure. They have a strong relationship with Kgosi, and have been working together since the establishment of the DIS 10 years ago.

The said officials according to sources close to the developments, “had a meeting with Magosi in his office upon their arrival here.” Magosi would however not confirm nor deny recipient of the said equipment, but said, “It is classified information that I cannot comment on.” This publication is nonetheless alive to the information that the equipment which is though said to have been ordered by Kgosi before his dismissal a few months ago was just a cover-up of the National Petroleum Fund (NPF) scandal.

Kgosi entered into the said contract with Dignia System to buy the equipment in question and organize training for some DIS officials in December. This was almost at a time when the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) started its investigations on the controversial multi-million pula scandal surrounding the alleged laundering of P230m belonging to NPF. Kgosi had during his tenure wired P118m which formed part of the alleged P250m to Dignia System for this service.

The controversial case saw at least three people: Bakang Seretse, Botho Leburu and Kenneth Kerekang being dragged before the court on charges of money laundering last year. They were alleged to have between September, 05, 2017 and November, 27, 2017 in Gaborone, received over P250m.

Seretse has since lamented during his mentions before the courts that if indeed he has laundered money, Kgosi should also be brought to book as he was the one who made a directive that the sum be paid through his (Bakang) company Khulaco PTY (Ltd).

In August 2017, Kgosi proposed that Ministry of Mineral Resources; Green Technology and Energy Security releases an amount of P250m for the design and construction of additional strategic fuel storages sites in a bid to further expand these sites to cater for other essential government organs. The ministry promptly responded by acceding to the request and stipulated the funds within the NPF.

Kgosi then instructed Kerekang, a Director at the Department of Energy to release funds to Khulaco (PTY) Ltd where Bakang was to charge a fee of 20 percent of the deposited amount. Kgosi then later said procumbent of petroleum facilities is no longer a priority, saying he would divert the funds to wildlife poaching, human and drug trafficking.

In a letter dated November 7, the DIS instructed Khulaco to pay Dignia Systems in Israel an amount of US$22,640,000.00. This was duly done, and it converted to two transaction of P118 million. There has since been a series of exchange of letters between the Office of President, Finance and Mineral Resources; Green Technology and Energy Security ministries following the arraignment of Bakang and others in an attempt to put out fires on the issue.

On February 26, 2018 Dr Obakeng wrote to the DIS, demanding that it pays back the P250m that was deposited into Khulaco as per DIS instruction and for DIS purposes. 
Two days later, Kgosi wrote back to explain that it was not P250m but P230m that he was made to understand was deposited to Khulaco accounts on behalf of the DIS and requested documentary proof of all transaction. 

“We were made to understand that the sum of P230 million NOT P250 million from NPF was deposited into the account of some company called Khulaco on behalf of the DIS. As for repayment of the money, consultation between the Ministry of Finance and Directorate is on-going,” he stated.

However, Kgosi was dismissed from his position by the new President Mokgweetsi Masisi before he could settle his credits.



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