Thursday, July 9, 2020

Isaac Kgosi’s trusted sidekick to head DCEC

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Non uniform) David Mosetse who three years ago was deployed by The Office of the President to head Operation Save Isaac Kgosi has now been brought in to lead the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) as part of a strategy to kill DISS boss’ corruption case.

Cabinet met on Wednesday and resolved to redeploy the current DCEC Director General, Rose Seretse as head of the newly established Botswana Regulatory Authority (BERA). This followed months of behind the scene manoeuvres to manage Kgosi’s exit as President Lt Gen Ian Khama prepares to step down.

As part of an attempt to heal the fractured Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and consolidate Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s position, President Khama’s brother Tshekedi was roped in to support Masisi and promised the Vice Presidency in return. Tshekedi Khama on the other hand insisted that Kgosi be dropped as DISS Director General before Masisi ascends to power. A plan was thus hatched to ensure Kgosi’s safe exit and to protect him from prosecution.

Mosetse who has been tipped to replace Seretse as head Director General of DCEC is Isaac Kgosi’s most trusted lieutenant and was on June 2014 picked by the Office of the President to head an operation Save Kgosi. Operation Save Kgosi was an official obstruction into the DCEC investigations against Kgosi.

Kgosi faces several allegations of impropriety which include corruption, abuse of office and money laundering. The exercise-the first clear indication that President Ian Khama was ready to bite the bullet and stick to his trusted lieutenant-involved spinning Kgosi’s corruption case and projecting him as a victim of circumstances. 

Mosetse then head of Crime Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) and Director of CID Mathews Maduane were assigned to investigate the leak. A subsequent raid of Sunday Standard offices by CID officers under the pretext of investigating sedition charges against newspaper editor Outsa Mokone was part of the investigations. The computer and discs impounded from the Sunday Standard offices during the raid were handed over to CRIB. Also as part of the operation, a young lawyer linked to a group of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big shots tried to bribe the DCEC Public Relations officer, Lentswe Motshoganetsi into stealing Kgosi’s docket from the DCEC.

Kgosi’s relationship with Mosetse runs so deep that the DISS Director General introduced Mosetse to his Israeli equipment suppliers, Verint who also supplied the CRIB surveillance equipment while Mosetse was still head of the crime intelligence outfit.

Mosetse was later promoted to Assistant Commissioner of police (non uniform).

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