Thursday, February 25, 2021

Treason investigations against Masilo royal family ongoing

The Botswana Police Service has said that there is no time frame regarding the complexion of the treason investigations of the Masilo Royal family that resumed two months ago.

They said that the suspects have not yet been interrogated as investigators are said to be busy in the field gathering evidence.

This comes after the government took a decision to take head-on the proclaimed royal family of Masilo in Molepolole who could face treason charges after they pronounced that they had taken over the government and had changed the name of the country to the Kingdom of Botswana.

“The investigations are still ongoing; therefore, there is no time frame that suggests when the investigations will be completed,” Kesetsenao Tsweneitsele, the Deputy Director of the Criminal Investigations Department, told the Telegraph on Monday.

He said investigators had not yet rounded up anyone who form part of their investigations.
Asked whether they had interviewed the suspects, he replied saying that they “have not yet interviewed the suspects because first we have to gather our evidence before they can be questioned”.

High profile people, government officials, judges, politicians and a news paper editor are among the people police might interrogate since they are also named to serve in the new government of the Kingdom of Botswana.

Previously, Moses Moeng Masilo, the family spokesperson, said that what they are doing is within the framework of the law, therefore, there are not doing anything that is unlawful.

Asked if they had communicated with those who had been appointed to the new government to hold high ranking positions, Masilo replied, “Yes, we have communicated with everybody that we listed and they agreed to take up the call in confidence but if they claim that we have not communicated to them, it is not true.”

It is not yet clear whether Masilo has received a response from the Presidents of United States of America and France and from the Secretary General of the United Nations to whom they also wrote informing them of the birth of the Kingdom of Botswana.

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