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SA businessman says Botswana intelligence trying to frame him

INK reporters
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.


Khama allegedly moved millions of dollars from Central Bank, court documents

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.


Botswana arrests ex-spy boss

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.


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.