Wednesday, January 19, 2022

UK company/DIS boss cheats spy agency out of P150 million

The Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) was fleeced out of close to P150 million in a questionable deal signed by Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Director General Isaac Kgosi with a British company.

The multi- million Pula contract to enrol 20 DISS agents in introduction to intelligence and advanced intelligence short courses initially quoted at P15 million was done through a single source tender process in 2009, a year after Kgosi set up DISS The contract with an initial contract price of P15 million was however signed at 15 million GB Pounds (about P180 million) with Afrintel. This means the DISS spent P 9 million to take each of the 20 agents through the short introduction to intelligence and advance intelligence courses.

The tender first raised eye-brows when the Government Accounting Batching System (GAB) would not pay because of the discrepancy in the initial tender price and the final price on the invoice. To get around the GAB issue, the P180 million was paid in batches and the training programme staggered.Sunday Standard investigations have turned up information that the padding of the DISS training tender was kept away from President Khama and the Auditor General. The contract later branched off into another controversy when Afrintel and the British Company that was subcontracted top train DISS agents Bowman Risk Management (Ltd) fought over payments.

Bowman Risk Management Limited was incorporated in England & Wales on 19 May 1999 and is actively trading in investigation activities. The company founding director, Peter Anthony Phelan who threatened to sue for his payments complained to the Botswana High Commissioner in London Roy Blackbeard and British Member of Parliament Henry Bellingham in 2011. At the time Phelan made the complaint, Bellingham a British Conservative politician was then Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office . He is currently the Member of Parliament for North West Norfolk.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), commonly called the Foreign Office, is a department of theBritish Government responsible for protecting and promoting British interests worldwide. It was created in 1968 by merging the Foreign Office and the Commonwealth Office.

The suit by Bowman Risk Management (ltd) against Afrintel is expected to open a can of worms when it finally comes before the British courts.

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