Don Mackenzie, the DCEC Chief Investigator in the case against Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) Director General Isaac Kgosi completed his investigations and the case docket referenced DOC/IF/ 2011/001166 was sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as far back as 2012. The DCEC however recalled the docket after both the DCEC and the DIS were transferred to the Office of the President in April 2012 from the Ministry of Justice, Defence and Security. Quizzed by the Sunday Standard eight months ago on why the DCEC recalled the docket from DPP the DCEC Public Relations Officer, Lentswe, Motshoganetsi said they usually recall dockets to address loopholes.
“We always lose cases in courts of law because of technicalities and we retrieve such cases to fill any loopholes that could exist, “he added. In another media interview, the DCEC refused to either deny or confirm allegations that Mackenzie’s life was feared to be in danger following the murder of Harry Tembo who was a potential state witness in the DCEC corruption investigations against Kgosi.
Responding to a media questionnaire the DCEC public Relations Officer, Lentswe Motshoganetsi said: “Kindly note that the issues that you have raised are based on rumors that the DCEC is not in a position to comment on. “Mr. Mackenzie is the Deputy Director Operations and he joined the DCEC in March 2011. I am further unable to comment on some of the issues you have raised as they are on internal matters of the DCEC, hence off limits for public consumption.”
It is understood that MacKenzie, an Australian citizen was advised by his government to terminate his contract before time following newspaper reports that linked the murder of Harry Tembo, who was found shot and hacked with an axe, to the DCEC’s investigations on his business dealings with Kgosi. The Sunday Standard was informed that although MacKenzie at one point sought refuge at the British High Commission in Gaborone, he insisted on completing his contract but sent his family back to Australia for safety reasons. The DCEC has however filed an application to interdict the Sunday Standard from reporting on the DCEC investigations against Kgosi, arguing that the investigations are not complete.
Information passed to the Sunday Standard, however, suggests that the last entry on the docket investigation diary indicates that the investigations are complete.