Top corruption investigator trailing a high-profile money laundering case – that involves former President Ian Khama and former head of secret service – has allegedly been slapped with a charge of insubordination by his supervisors.
A South African businessman accused by Botswana prosecutors of allegedly funneling tax-payers money out of the country’s central bank to offshore banks said he is being framed by a country that has turned into a banana republic.
Kago Komane and Joel Konopo
Papers filed in the Botswana High Court make the startling allegation that former Botswana president Ian Khama instructed the country’s central bank to shift over $200-million (P2.2-billion) to secret accounts and later moved the funds to several offshore companies and banks.
It seemed too good to be true. A diamond-rich, corruption-free, democratic, prosperous, and peaceful African country with a tradition of peaceful transfer of presidential power (the incumbent president voluntarily leaves office a year before the next general election). It was.
Everywhere you look, there is back-stabbing, defections, grandstanding and chaos. Joel Konopo looks at the disjointed state of politics in Botswana as the election nears.
… how the Ombudsman spun a web of fibs and falsehoods to protect former president Ian Khama’s Mosu project.
The once feared head of Botswana’s Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS), Isaac Kgosi, is in police custody after his arrest at Gaborone’s Sir Seretse Khama Airport on suspicion of tax evasion.
It was hardly a surprise when the new Botswana president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, was sworn in in April this year amid low public expectations.
How should we understand the foreign policy of African states? And why do some countries with a dubious record at home talk so much about democracy abroad? Esther Brown considers the case of Botswana, and offers some compelling answers.
An investigation by amaBhungane and the INK Centre for Investigative Journalism has cast new light on a secretive British-registered company whose extensive colonial-era land holdings have become a hot political issue in Botswana.