The South African National Defence Force distances itself from Botswana coup allegations

South African National Defence Force. Photo : BizNews

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on Monday distanced itself from the allegations that it is aware of an impending coup in Botswana, African Daily Voice has learnt.

Recently, some Botswana media platforms alleged that the SANDF had credible intelligence about a looming coup in Botswana against the President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Also a report from a Botswana national newspaper the Sunday Standard had alleged that both South African and UN representatives were aware there would be an effort to topple the current regime. This prompted the government to deploy armoured vehicles and soldiers to key strategic points in the capital, Gaborone, over the weekend.

“The SANDF wishes to state that the reports contain factual inaccuracies, and rejects with contempt the allegations that the SANDF had information that a coup was plotted against the government of Botswana,” reads a statement issued by the South African National Defence Force.

Meanwhile, former President Ian Khama, has also dismissed the coup rumours as an orchestration of the government. He further blamed President Masisi for making the whole thing up, in a bid to strengthen his support base.

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