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DISS fails to account for concealed ivory

The Directorate on Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) has been accused of using its anti-poaching operation as a way of concealing elephant tusks from the responsible government department and potentially using it as a conduit for ivory smuggling.


Botswana dismisses its head of intelligence

Botswana has fired its head of intelligence, two weeks after he told lawmakers that he does not account to anyone, the presidency said on Wednesday.


Who is Mokgweetsi Masisi?

Earnest, highly educated, elitist and remote, President Mokgweetsi Masisi lacks the charisma of Botswana’s former president Ian Khama.But unless the country’s fragmented opposition launches a spirited campaign, he could well increase the ruling party Botswana Democratic Party’s (BDP) vote in next year’s general election.


How Khama acquired Mosuapan Lodge

President Ian Khama acquired a 4 ha plot on the outskirts of Mosu to construct a lodge which has subsequently been turned into his private residence without change of land use, fresh information gathered by INK Centre shows.


Who’s who of Botswana linked to supermarket chain

Choppies retail giant denies using ‘soft power’ to secure privileges and dispense benefits.