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I am with Masisi - Magosi

Publishing Date : 25 November, 2019


The Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Brigadier Peter Magosi has quashed reports indicating that his boss, President Mokgweetsi Masisi has resolved to suspend him from office, pending investigation on his conduct.

This week, sources close to the developments revealed that the relationship between Masisi and Magosi has reached all time low, with indications that he might be relieved of his duties. However, Magosi has denied rifts between him and Masisi, close sources in the DIS revealed to this publication that Magosi and the President spent time together in Sekoma on Thursday this week. Thursday was the day when reports started emerging, alleging his suspension.

“It is all nonsense. My relationship with H.E [Masisi] is intact. The rumours relating to my suspension have been doing rounds even before elections. The rumours are even continuing after elections,” Magosi told WeekendPost yesterday [Friday]. “People who peddle those rumours are the one who wish for tension between H.E and myself.” Brigadier Magosi assumed the reins in May 2018, following the unceremonious departure of founding Chief spy, Colonel Isaac Kgosi.

Masisi is reportedly not happy with how DIS has been conducting its business and has made his feelings known to the DIS Chief. Sources indicate that Office of the President is continually embarrassed by what persistently looks like incompetence on the part of the intelligence organ. DIS has been involved in a number of ‘high profile’ cases, one being the assassination of President Masisi and the other involving the laundering of P100 billion from Bank of Botswana, with the laundered money reportedly destined for terrorism activities.

In both cases, the DIS investigations have been found wanting when tested before the courts. The intelligence unit was forced to withdraw its case relating to the attempted assassination of President Masisi when the ‘weapons’ which were reportedly to be used to kill the President were found to be mere toys. The accused in the case are bodyguards to Lt Gen Ian Khama, Masisi’s predecessor. Khama and Masisi have been at loggerheads since last year, and the animosity between the two was exacerbated by the court cases which implicated the former, one or the other.

Yesterday, Uyapo Ndadi, the lawyer representing Welheminah Maswabi in the laundered P100 billion case declined to have Khama and his associate, Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe listed as State witness in the case. Ndadi said the State cannot be the one who want Khama and Motsepe-Radebe to be witnesses on their side because the duo form part of the accused.



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