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Saleshando dares Masisi to investigate Khama

Publishing Date : 11 February, 2019

Author : KETUMILE RAMATITI

Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Vice President Dumelang Saleshando has challenged President Mokgweetsi Masisi to investigate his predecessor Lt Gen Ian Khama if at all he is serious about sanitizing corruption in this country.


Saleshando who is also a leader of Botswana Congress Party (BCP) revealed this at the party’s breakfast engagement with the media on Thursday. In his remarks, he is clear that BCP has no appetite for corruption, naming and shaming high ranking officials he would like to see hauled before the courts of law for looting the country. BCP is disappointed on the way President Masisi is addressing corruption which has milked this country a lot of billions. Borrowing from a South African politician, Saleshando said Botswana need a new bus altogether not a new driver.


“Masisi and his predecessor Lt Gen Ian Khama are the Siamese twins who are tied together by the BDP corrupt activities and therefore there is no reason to herald him as a messiah,” Saleshando said in a cloudy morning at Falcon Crest suites. He said Masisi is aiding and abating corruption, challenging him to investigate the Khama family on the billions of pula tenders they benefitted from through their company Seleka Springs at BDF. "I want former president Ian Khama charged for corruption and I want him charged for Mosu.


A lot of this corruption that took place was under his watch. I want him to answer gore ditshweetso tse dingwe o ne a di tsaa a lebile eng (How he took some decision). Who didn’t know in this country that Isaac Kgosi was ill equipped to lead any institution?" The BCP president said. Masisi’s maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) last year was not committal and very mild on dealing with corruption, BCP leader who is also candidate for Maun West constituency said.


“It is because he is also implicated in corruption activities including the National Petroleum Funds (NPF). P3 million was transferred to Masisi, and there is no hope of turning a leaf under this leadership. We have moved from worse but now we want to glorify the bad.” Saleshando said Masisi’s inner circle is also on the red. He cites the examples of his Permanent Secretary Carter Morupisi who was highly involved in trail of the Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF) missing P 200 million.


“Masisi should come clear and tell us. Like he said in some media outlets he should waive his presidential immunity and account. But we know he won’t because he is protecting his interest,” the former Gaborone Central legislator added. Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Vice President Dumelang Saleshando has come out clear that the law should take its course if it is proven that his President Duma Boko has committed any transgression over his ‘tax evasion’ allegations.


 “The Ketla-swaepa [I will swipe] Range-Rover remarks I thought was made in jest, Boko is a human being and he was throwing a joke. I have engaged him on the matter and it is not tax evasion,” he said. “But if it is a tax evasion let him be charged because we are tired of these shows. I hope President Mokgweetsi Masisi is not using public institutions to fight political wars, there are more serious issues than this.” He said this referring to Boko’s remarks that he will swipe a brand-new Range Rover after it was compounded by the tax authorities amid reports that he has evaded tax.


BCP CALLS FOR DIS AUDIT

As a party consistent with zero patience to corruption, BCP calls for a forensic audit of the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS). They say they are tired of ‘shows’ and now want former Spy Chief Isaac Kgosi to appear and answer for his actions at the courts of law.
“It is not enough to have Isaac Kgosi investigated, we need to see him being prosecuted. It is long overdue and investigations have been going on for too long. Action needs to be taken,” he said.


The issue of Kgosi BCP takes seriously such that they want government to outsource capable legal minds to assist. “We are dealing with a complex money laundering case and we expect government to bring those legal representatives like they normally do with other cases they desperately want to win. But the desire for conviction is very low on this one,” Saleshando added.


CONCERNED BY MASISI-CHINESE RELATIONS

The decision by the Masisi led government to extend a loan to Botswana for rail and road infrastructure as well as agreeing with China to write off some debt, has BCP concerned over the consequences. In addition to the loan and a debt cancellation of P80 million, China has also offered a 340 million pula ($31 million) grant. “There seems to be a secretive transaction. Chinese shackle from Beijing and Tsholetsa House and we know this deal come with behind the scene dealings. We should do a democracy alert on Chinese loans. We are tied on poverty by this leadership,” Saleshando posits.  

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