Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Khama tells court he can’t reveal his whereabouts for security reasons

A man whose place of residence has always been public knowledge from childhood has told the Maun High Court that he can’t reveal his current residential address for security reasons.

“With respect to my place of residence, I wish to state that I am currently domiciled in Johannesburg, South Africa,” says former president Ian Khama in his court papers. “For purposes I shall state below, I am constrained from disclosing my exact whereabouts.”

The reasons he goes on to state are that the Botswana government, through the agency of the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS), wants to assassinate him and that DIS has ignored credible intelligence about threats to his life that he promptly relayed to it. Upon such conviction, Khama’s place of residence ceased being public knowledge on November 8, 2021 when he slipped into South Africa via the Martin’s Drift border gate. Based on what sources have told Sunday Standard, Khama’s flight from Botswana was preceded by a visit to Martin Drift by a two-man reconnaissance team who spent the night at the border village to ensure safe passage for their principal. Upon arrival at the border gate the next morning, Khama shed his official bodyguards (whom he had previously stated were spying on him) and crossed into South Africa with his private bodyguards. One account has him being helicoptered into white-owned farms along the Botswana/South Africa border.

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