Boko weaponised in BDP plot to oust Masisi

20 Aug 2018

Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) President Duma Boko has been roped in as a hit-man by a section of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) that seeks to oust President Mokgweetsi Masisi. It has since emerged that the group which is understood to enjoy the support of former President Lt Gen Ian Khama and fired Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) Director General Isaac Kgosi tried to lobby support for Boko’s recent motion of no confidence against Masisi. More details of the underground maneuvers by the BDP section to team up with Boko against Masisi are expected to emerge as the party’s suspension of its parliamentary candidate for Mogoditshane, Tshepang Mabaila unravels. “It is alleged further that you have also shown that you are against party president and promoted the interests of other parties against the BDP by mobilizing opposition members and BDP members to vote for a motion of no confidence tabled by the Leader of Opposition”, states a letter suspending Mabaila from the party. Highly placed sources within the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) have revealed that most of the issues raised in the motion of no confidence by Boko form part of a letter that Khama wrote to Masisi complaining about how former Director of Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Isaac Kgosi was dismissed. Khama has publicly confirmed his friendship with the UDC President. A few days before the motion was tabled, Boko met Khama and the former DIS Director General where the plan to table a motion of no confidence against Masisi was allegedly hatched.  A few days later a section of the BDP which is part of the plan to oust Masisi allegedly met in Palapye where they were briefed about the planned motion.

The plan however fell through after some members of the BDP indicated that they would be comfortable supporting the motion if it were tabled by a BDP member.

A Francistown MP who is also part of the anti-Masisi faction has been tasked with tabling the motion in the next sitting of Parliament. Boko’s suspected link to the Isaac Kgosi Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) has been whispered in the Botswana National Front corridors after he repeated verbatim to a closed WhatsApp group the actual words that party Vice President Prince Dibeela had used in a telephone conversation with a colleague.

Opposition leaders know that their phones were tapped by the former DIS regime, and the reproduction of the telephone conversation by Boko was seen as circumstantial evidence that he had access to the intercepted communication. Boko has however shrugged off the allegations that he is a hired gun sponsored by former president Ian Khama. In an interview with a local newspaper, Boko charged that he could not support a government that he has vowed to unseat in 2014. “The fact that they are making those allegations is clear that the BDP is at war with itself. It is divided and are scared of their members,” he was quoted saying.

Masisi inherited a deeply criminalized government and his attempts to decriminalize it are being fiercely resisted by senior BDP figures who fear that the net is closing in on them as the new president wages a massive anti-corruption crusade. The crusade is so extensive that some ministers are being investigated by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime.  Hardly a week after the Sunday Standard’s exclusive expose detailed plans for a smear campaign to link the president with both the Petroleum Fund (BPF) and Botswana Pubic Service Pensioners Fund (BPOPF) looting, Boko came up with a write up  calling the President a criminal suspect and linking him with the BPF and BPOPF. The BDP anti-Masisi faction with tentacles that reach as far as parliament and cabinet itself has regrouped to resist his aggressive reform agenda.