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DIS raids another Khama associate

Publishing Date : 10 September, 2019


This week a close ally of former President Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama, was raided at his upmarket house in the suburbs of Gaborone by 27 law enforcement officials from Department of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS), members of Botswana Police Services as well as the Financial Intelligence Agency (FIA).

Information reaching this publication this week, suggested that the well- known business man (names withheld), became a target after his recent regular visit at the office of the former President. A source close to the developments said it is disheartening because the search came empty handed after emotionally draining the gentleman.

“It is understood that, the crew then came with another search warrant to search the businessman’s unoccupied house which he abandoned almost 3 years ago. “The reason he abandoned that house, his wife was murdered there and visiting it is tantamount to self-inflicting torture, because memories of old haunt him. His wife was murdered by their gardener and he never went thereafter,” said the source.

WeekendPost can safely reveal that the second search also came empty handed. Quizzed on what exactly they were looking for, the businessman said the law enforcement did not explain themselves but chose to use their powers to torment his family. He requested that his names not be published since he is instituting a legal action against the law enforcement agencies that he believed harassed him.

Ever since the fallout between former President Ian Khama and his successor Mokgweetsi Masisi, it is understood that the President then rode on state agencies to fight his political wars hiding under the corruption banner. Amongst those targeted was the former Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) Col Isaac Kgosi, who was arrested at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport upon his return from Dubai, reportedly on charges related to corruption and tax evasion, but Kgosi is yet to be charged to date. He has since been released.
The arrest followed a lifestyle audit reportedly conducted on the former intelligence head by the Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS), after attempts to lay separate charges by prosecutors were delayed.  

When speaking to WeekendPost at the time, former President Ian Khama said the arrest was aimed at discrediting and humiliating Isaac Kgosi. But Khama said he does not blame the DIS for the manner of the arrest because, “they were operating under instructions from above”. “Is this now the start of how things will be done in Botswana? This is not the way intelligence carries out such a high profile arrests in other countries,” observed Khama.

Contacted for comment, DIS Director General Peter Magosi, confirmed that they raided the Director of Avanti Security last week and they discovered a lot of things and they are currently sorting to see what could be of importance in their investigations. “At the moment we cannot discuss in detail because investigations are still on going. Like we always do, if we find what we came looking for, you will see the accused at the courts soon”, said Magosi.



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