If it is true, and its seems undoubtedly so, that President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s administration is grappling with a powerful renegade intelligence service which has the support of some influential civil servants, he has every right to be very worried, as do all of us.
Former President Ian Khama’s nephew tried to sell the BCL Mine diamond licence a few months after government decided to close the loss making copper and Nickel mine.
Sunday Standard investigations have turned up an SMS message from Ian Khama’s nephew (name withheld) to a colleague in the industry asking him for help to find a buyer for the BCL diamond mining licence.
A Cabinet Minister and senior government officials have been implicated in the suspected misappropriation of P600 million that was allocated by Parliament for the e-government project.
Cabinet was a few weeks ago notified by officials that all the money that has been allocated to the e-Government project cannot be accounted for, Sunday Standard has been informed.
As President Mokgweetsi Masisi prepares to leave for New York where he will make his maiden speech to the General Assembly as substantive Head of State, there are fears within Government that he will be met by hostile online pressure group demonstrators posing as conservationists.
In addition to being an NGO, there is another label that can fit Elephants Without Borders very well – “selective outrage machine.”
Judging by content on its Facebook wall, it is evident that EWB monitors both domestic and international media for stories on wildlife, especially elephants. The thoroughness of the media monitoring shows that it was both consistent and systematic.
The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has yet to resolve the disputed Boteti East Bulela Ditswe primary elections. Counting for the elections was halted following irregularities in the ballot papers for two of the constituency’s nine wards. The incumbent Member of Parliament for the constituency Setlhomo Lelatisitswe was leading the count by almost 200 from the counted seven wards.
Priceless indigenous knowledge in the sole possession of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France shows that the disastrous consequences of the hunting ban that former President Ian Khama imposed on the basis of what some allege was self-serving pseudo-science are more numerous than previously thought.
The head of Directorate of Intelligence Services, Peter Magosi has taken a decision that his department will have no use for the luxurious PC-24 jet that his predecessor, Isaac Kgosi had ordered.
The jet which is due to arrive in Botswana soon has cost Government over P100 million.
It is currently in Switzerland where it has been emblazoned with the colours of Botswana.
The Directorate of Intelligence Services has traced the existence of a rogue and parallel arm operating illegal eavesdropping activities on the public to infrastructure owned by Macom – the country’s leading mobile and telecommunications operator.
There is however no evidence to suggest that Mascom is involved at an official level.
The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee has raised concern that a decision by the government of Kuwait to provide security and pay rentals and salaries for Botswana envoys in Kuwait City may compromise Botswana’s security.