Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Rogue DISS black op to save PSP from DCEC fails

The Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) is believed to have gone rogue and is feared to be plotting a black operation to kill the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime DCEC) investigations against the Permanent Secretary to the President, Carter Morupisi.

The Botswana Defence Force Military Intelligence (MI) and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) has beefed up security around cars impounded from Permanent Secretary to the President Carter Morupisi and Capital Management Botswana boss Rapula Okaile after the Directorate of Intelligence and Security services allegedly tried to steal the eight vehicles.

Sunday Standard investigations have turned up information that on the morning of 25 March a black Honda sedan with no number plates at the back and a fake rear diplomatic number plate was stopped while trying to enter the Military Intelligence complex at Sir Seretse Khama barracks where the eight cars have been parked. According to military intelligence sources, the car had four occupants, among them a DISS operative known in intelligence circles as “No Rest”. After the black operation was foiled, the quartet was able to escape capture in their black Honda sedan getaway car.

The Sunday Standard has not been able to establish if the operation was authorized from the highest office, but can reveal that the PSP and the DISS boss are close associates.

The Sunday Standard can further reveal that Morupisi and Kgosi were part of an elaborate plan last year, to conceal the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) alleged diamond and ivory smuggling rogue operation.

As part of the smoke and mirrors scheme, Kgosi and Morupisi met the Minister of Tourism Tshekedi Khama at the Office of the President on Monday where they tried to persuade the minister to issue a rebuttal against the Sunday Standard story on DISS diamond and ivory dealings.

Tshekedi Khama’s rejoinder was to be the ultimate brushstroke in the carefully planned whitewashing of the DIS scandal and the closing gambit in a series of administrative ruses meant to throw Batswana off the spy agency’s alleged shenanigans. It is understood that Tshekedi Khama refused to play along, insisting that the story was factual.

The meeting between Kgosi, Morupisi and Khama allegedly ended a chapter of manoeuvres to makeover the spy agency’s ivory-gate as a sting operation gone wrong.

The DCEC is investigating Morupisi’s alleged links to CMB. The Botswana Public Officers pensions Fund, BPOPF has reported CMB to the DCEC for allegedly breaching an agreement in Botswana Opportunities Partnership (BOP) – an equity partnership between the two entities. The Fund also accused the asset manager of engaging in suspicious transactions. Despite efforts by BPOPF to convince CMB to return its assets, the latter insists that the Fund no longer has shares in BOP.

As part of the investigation, the DCEC has impounded Morupisi’s land cruiser. The corruption buster is also investigating the CMB boss and has impounded a number of his cars.


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