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Kgosi rejects DCEC agents

Publishing Date : 05 November, 2018


It was all drama at the Phakalane mansion of former Directorate on Intelligence and Security (DIS) boss, Isaac Kgosi, this Thursday as he refused to cooperate with the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) in an effort to solicit an interview and record a statement on the multi-million National Petroleum Fund scandal, threatening to assault the investigators. 

DCEC director, Bruno Paledi called Kgosi in person on Wednesday, summoning him to come to his office for interview and statement recording, but Kgosi refused. Kgosi told Bruno he would not come to their office, saying whoever wanted him should follow him at his house, according to sources close to the case. “He also told the director that he should not send him a certain Andries German who is the lead investigator in the case saying he would assault him,” said the source.

On Thursday afternoon, the DCEC director sent a team of three men led by German to Kgosi’s house to take statements from him. Kgosi is said to have refused to cooperate and dismissed the men from his house. “Le a ntlwaela, just fuck off,” he said to the investigating officers. WeekendPost is also alive to an on-going investigation on Kgosi by a five men team from Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS). The officers go around asking people about Kgosi’s personal and work related life. They are targeting his former colleagues and his former friends.

Two months ago, an alleged collaboration of security agents from the DCEC and DIS invaded property owned by Kgosi. The agents went to Kgosi’s farm in Lephephe near Molepolole in the Kweneng district and Sentlhane farm in Mmokolodi over the weekend.  Eye witnesses at one of the farms said: “The agents forcibly gained access to the farm and started taking pictures. They had refused to disclose their names and started shouting at Kgosi’s farm workers.”

Kgosi is one of the key witnesses in the P250 million NPF money laundering scandal. At the recent mention at the Broadhurst Magistrate Court, the Directorate of Public of Prosecutions prosecutor Tyron Mokgathong indicated that the reason they were unable to proceed with the case was that they intend to charge more people in the case. Kgosi has been linked to a contract signed by Government of Botswana and Dignia Systems of Israel.

 The Israeli company is suing the Government of Botswana for outstanding payment, after they only received half of the amount paid by Khulaco (the company that has Bakang Seretse and Botho Leburu as nominee shareholders), an entity appointed by the DIS to make payment in respect of the P250m anti-poaching and Security Intelligence contract.

Sources in the intelligence note that the intimidation and harassment of Kgosi by DCEC investigators has the potential to spill over.  Kgosi has not taken kindly to this new development. He is said to have reported the matter to the Botswana Police Service because he believes he is being harassed.

While Kgosi has been removed from the system, others say: “He still holds influence at the DIS with some residual staff loyal to him and has continuously threatened to retaliate at any move to intimidate and or harass him.  At every juncture he has dared the State to make any move towards him, saying he has over 40 years’ experience in intelligence and will expose people,” said the source. The move to harass Kgosi however is seen as a surprise twist on the side of the DCEC.  In fact Kgosi has been a star witness for the DCEC in the money laundering case.

In December he deposited an affidavit distancing himself from Khulaco, Bakang and Botho.  Later, documents proved otherwise when evidence showed that he was actually the person who had appointed the company to make payments on behalf of the DIS. Meanwhile some legal experts have cast doubt on the possibility of any wrongdoing by Kgosi in the ongoing money laundering case or the legal suit by Dignia.  

They hold the view that in all instances he acted in his capacity of Director General of the DIS, and DCEC is seen to be overreacting by questioning the administrative processes of his tenure at DIS. “Kgosi on behalf of the DIS, asked for money from a fellow government department and he was duly given that money by Dr Obakeng as Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security.  It is a norm within government to request funding from another department.  As a matter of fact, recently the same controversial NPF got funding from the Road Fund.  And this was not seen as corrupt,” said a source.



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