Wednesday, September 23, 2020

DIS leaks could dent Botswana’s international image

The Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) are reportedly busy trying to minimise the damage caused by a security breach that led to the controversial social media personality Daniel Kenosi revealing alleged identities of at least 100 spy agents.

A source close to the spy agency says Kenosi’s revelations will definitely have far reaching consequences for the officers and the DIS.

“The jobs and personal security of the agents have been seriously jeopardised. Even their own personal relationships are going to be negatively affected by the revelations,” he told The Telegraph.

He said the leak may even have devastating implications for national security and relations between Botswana and various countries depending on the nature of assignments for some of the alleged officers. He said Kenosi’s actions are a serious crime that will require action to be taken against the SA based social media personality who enjoys a relatively large following on Facebook.

Kenosi released a purported list of transferred agents and their ‘new’ places of operation following what he said were reports of corruption involving the spy agency’s Director General Peter Magosi.

“Following leaked intelligence reports within the DIS about rampant corruption and misappropriation of millions of funds by the DG, the DG threatened officers yesterday and followed by unfairly and hastily transferring over 100 officers without proper notice and sufficient time for families to plan relocations, this move is threatening the stability of the DIS,” Kenosi wrote on his Facebook account before detailing what he said were abuses of state property and misappropriation of funds by the spy boss. If found to have broken the law it is not clear what Kenosi would likely be charged with. Attempts to get a response to from the DIS drew a blank as the spy agency would not respond to The Telegraph enquiries.  

Former DIS Director General Isaac Kgosi has also faced charged for disclosing identities of DIS agents contrary to section 19. He was accused of exposing identities of DIS agents to the public.

The particulars of offence were that Kgosi between February 18 and 25, 2019 in Gaborone took photographs of officers as well as the identity cards of the officers engaged in DIS covert operation. 

Kenosi is no stranger to facing charges related to cybercrime having been arrested and detained for two weeks in March 2015 for unlawful distribution of obscene material contrary to section 16 (2) (a) of Cybercrime and Related Crimes Act Cap 08:06. The particulars of the offence were that between January 6th, 2015 and March 12th, 2015 in Gaborone, Kenosi distributed obscene material to the public through a computer system. Kenosi was at the time a publisher of a tabloid newspaper called The Paparazzi. Most recently, in August 2020, Kenosi was again accused of a similar offence. The Botswana Gazette reported that Vice President of the Botswana National Front (BNF) Reverend Prince Dibeela had lodged a cyber-crime case against the former newspaper reporter for allegedly being behind a plot to discredit the BNF leader by impersonating him in a scurrilous audio.

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Digital edition of The Telegraph, September 23, 2020.