Sunday, May 16, 2021

Is Botswana hosting a Moosad sleeper cell?

A local lawyer who was engaged as a convayencer by Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Director General, Isaac kgosi for the controversial plot at Sentlhane farms told the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime that the spy chief informed him that he was buying the plot on behalf of the Israeli Secret Service which was planning to set up a sleeper cell in Botswana.

The Sunday Standard paper trail has revealed that Israeli businessman and Botswana honorary consulate in Israel Vladimir Cizeij made a SWIFT transfer of P687, 000 into the Collins Newman & Co trust account with Barclays Bank for the purchase of Sentlhane farm on 3rdAugust 2009.  The paper however could not establish any link between Vladimir Cizeij and the Israeli Secret Service.

Sunday Standard investigations however turned up information that the Botswana Defence Force in 2000 tried to do a background check on Vladimir Cizeij whom they code-named Mr V. In one detailed statement that has been passed to the Sunday Standard, a BDF informer states that, Vladimir Cizeij, “made it clear to me in our initial meetings that he was very well connected with the Israeli defence Industry, which of course was of great interest.”

Another letter dated 10th July 2000 relayed information to the BDF that the Israeli Ministry of Defence, SIBAT stated that, “they are not able to tell us classified information but they are willing to confirm that Mr V is known to them; his company is known to them; Mr V has no security clearance and Mr V is therefore not permitted to represent any company or product in our line of business.”

DISS Director General, Isaac Kgosi, however lied to the DCEC during an interview, claiming that the money he used to buy Sentlhane farm was a present from the late Debswana Managing Director Louis Nchindo.

The DCEC was investigating suspicions that the money may have been a bribe from Vladimir Cizeij to Kgosi. Vladimir Cizeij’s company Vlatacom “had been paid substantial amounts by DISS” for installing the agency’s IT system. At the time of the investigation, Vlatacom had been recommended by DISS for a P500 000 000 PKI project for the government of Botswana.

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