Intelligence reports passed to the Sunday Standard revealed that a Military Intelligence agent was assigned by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services three years ago to break into the late Gomolemo Motswaledi’s house and steal his ipad. It emerged during the investigations that the DISS also assigned its agents to break into deported academic, Professor Kenneth Good and steal his laptop in 2005.
Professor Good, who had worked at Botswana University for fifteen years before his deportation, had both his computers stolen in separate incidents within ten days of each other. Motswaledi who was Botswana Movement for Democracy founding president died in a freak car accident in Pitsane last month. Good on the other hand was deported because he was seen as a ‘threat to national security’ over his links with Survival International.
Former President, Festus Mogae told the media that Professor Good and Survival International Director Stephen Corry had ‘written numerous documents in which they described Botswana’s diamonds as blood diamonds.’
Professor Good on the other hand insisted that, ‘I have never described Botswana’s diamonds as ‘blood diamonds’, nor have I ever ‘teamed up’ with Survival International to sabotage Botswana’s ‘diamonds for development’ campaign. I have certainly exchanged correspondence with Survival, as I have with a huge number of academics, journalists, and other NGOs. The only way Mr Mogae would know of my email correspondence is if the government had seen the contents of my computers.’” The content Professor Good was referring to was in the laptop computer that was stolen during the burglary in his house.
Sunday Standard investigations have established that house breakings are part of the DISS modus operandi to steal electronic and other data storing equipment. A number of opposition politicians, among then Umbrella for Democratic Change President Duma Boko, party parliamentary candidate Wynter Mmolotsi and party parliamentary candidate for Mogoditshane Sedirwa Kgoroba have had their houses broken into. The Sunday Standard, however, could not establish if the DISS was involved in the burglaries.