Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Masisi up against subversive NGOs and intelligence agents?

When reports that Chairperson of the Botswana Law Society Diba Diba helped former chief spy Isaac Kgosi evade arrest by Interpol coincided with a petition by the Law Society against a case in which the spy chief is implicated, switched on Batswana raised eyebrows.

In a curious run of coincidences, the Ramotswa border post was reeling from a security breach from a computer systems blackout at the time Kgosi crossed into Botswana from South Africa, and failed to detect that he was flagged as “wanted” by Interpol.

Kgosi’s entry into Botswana was processed manually by immigration officers who were cut out of their computer data, down to their pens and sheets of paper.The Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) and the Botswana Police Service (BPS) are currently investigating a possible sophisticated computer intrusion by rogue immigration and intelligence agents who are sympathetic to Kgosi.

The former DIS boss who walked from the South African border to Botswana was picked by a white Hillux double cab registered under Diba Mathews.Diba who is a partner with Kgosi’s lawyer Thabiso Tafila is Chairman of the Law Society of Botswana.At the time, the law society had just issued a statement criticizing the government Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) over its handling of the so called “Butterfly case” in which Kgosi is implicated.This seemed to be part of a developing pattern.

On Thursday during the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Botswana chapter, the MISA Chairperson, Mboki Chilisa who has helped finance the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) campaign for regime change used the occasion to attack the Masisi administration for accesses against media freedom while sweeping UDC press freedom violations under the carpet, adding to the growing fear that civil society is turning into a propaganda machine that is warping Botswana’s democracy.

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