Saturday, July 24, 2021

Inside DISS dirty tricks to block Kgosi’s investigations

The Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services, (DISS) tried to have Don Mackenzie, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) officer who was investigating Isaac Kgosi kicked out of the country ÔÇô Sunday Standard investigations have revealed.

Kgosi is the Director General of DISS. Sunday Standard investigations turned up information that two DISS agents, known to this paper, in 2012 lured a DCEC Registry Clerk and persuaded her to steal McKenzie’s personal file at the DCEC and to remove and destroy his work and resident permits.

It is believed that the DISS was planning to deport Mckenzie for working in Botswana without work and resident permits. The plan was however foiled by the DCEC intelligence unit. Mckenzie left Botswana in December 2013 after his contract had expired and the Australian government was putting preassure on him to return fearing for his safety. Although Mckenzie had completed the investigation, he took the docket with him to Australia to finish compiling it.

The report was later set back to Botswana through a diplomatic pouch with the aid of an associate at the British High Commission. This was to ensure the security of the docket. Earlier this year there was another attempt to steal Kgosi’s docket from the DCEC. A young lawyer, believed to be working for a clique of Botswana Democratic Party big shorts tried to bribe DCEC Public Relations officer, Lentswe Motshoganetsi into stealing the docket.

The attempt was foiled and reported to the DCEC Intelligence unit. Information about the attempt to steal Kgosi’s docket was however leaked to Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) Member of Parliament Pius Mogware. The DCEC command later launched an investigation against its intelligence unit for allegedly leaking the information to Mokgware.

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