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Kgosi sues Masisi

Publishing Date : 08 October, 2018


Former Directorate on Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director General, Isaac Kgosi, has this week served the Attorney General with a statutory notice to sue for his unfair dismissal. This comes at a time when the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is said to be contemplating laying charges against the former spy chief.

Kgosi was in May this year removed from office in an ambush style by President Mokgweetsi Masisi in what was termed as ‘clean up’ campaign. At the time, President Masisi was only a month in office. Brigadier Peter Magosi, a known nemesis of Isaac Kgosi was appointed to the helm of the spy agency. In addition, Magosi was relieved of his former duties by former President Lt Gen Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

Kgosi’s attorney Diba Diba of Thabiso Nfila Attorneys states in his papers addressed to Attorney General that, “Kgosi is entitled to damages for unlawful termination of his employment.” Kgosi was a permanent and pensionable employee of government. His salary scale was at super PS level. Kgosi who will be reaching his retirement age (60) at the end of this year, wants the State to pay him his salary from the time he was dismissed to December this year when he will be reaching his retirement age.

He also wants P150 000 for damages for the manner in which he was dismissed. “I suffered humiliation by being fired in the presence of my juniors,” states Kgosi in his papers. Kgosi also states that President Masisi could not even give him a chance to serve notice as he was in a rush to get rid of him, of which he says is questionable.

At the time of his removal, Kgosi was caught off-guard. He never had a thought that he could be shown the door. Even when he was called to the office of PSP, Cater Morupisi, Kgosi never had an idea that Morupisi would hit him with the bad news.
Kgosi was later escorted from Morupisi’s office to take his stuff from his office where he found his successor retired Brigadier Peter Magosi already in the office. He was disarmed and escorted outside government premises. There was a fear that had Kgosi sensed his eminent departure beforehand, things could not have been as smooth.

Observers are of the view that Kgosi’s performance before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which is investigating alleged maladministration at the National Petroleum Fund (NPF) could have been the final straw that broke the camel’s back, President Masisi has had enough.

The axed DIS boss had declared that he does not account to anyone. The former DIS Director General was known was guarding closely any information relating to his Directorate. While his justification was that most of the information they were dealing with was classified, others were of the view that he was dodging accountability. Almost all oversight structures to the DIS collapsed during his reign.    

At the PAC hearing Kgosi refused to divulge vital information relating to the DIS involvement in the P250 million NPF scandal citing reasons that the information was classified. Kgosi was adamant that the Act that established DIS protected him for not revealing the information to the committee. When contacted for a comment, Kgosi’s attorney Diba, declined going into details, except confirming acting for Kgosi and serving the Attorney General with a statutory notice.  

Kgosi’s action against government comes at a time when former President Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama is demanding that he be allowed to have the former DIS Director General as his private secretary but Government is refusing. The former President has threatened court action on the matter but he recently said he is still waiting for the Office of the President.



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