Botswana: Government denies plot to assassinate former Intelligence Supremo

Former Botswana Director General of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS), Isaac Kgosi. Photo: Botswana Media.

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The government of Botswana recently denied claims by former head of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Isaac Kgosi that the agency wants to kill him, the Patriot reported.

“It is not in the national interest for the DIS to kill Kgosi, let alone any citizen of Botswana,” the government said in a statement.

Last week, a legal representative of the former intelligence supremo penned a five-page letter to the law enforcement agencies alleging a plan to assassinate his client.

Kgosi stated in the letter that, two suspicious security agents had followed him to a clinic while he went for a medical check-up on 18 February.

“They were turned away. Our client followed and found them parked outside, deadly armed with weapons of war including an Uzi submachine gun,” the letter said.

It is understood that the alleged security agents demanded to see Kgosi.

“They claimed to be acting on instruction from their superiors,” Diba was quoted as saying in the letter to law enforcement agencies.

Kgosi claimed that the one of the reasons for the constant threats to indict him with unspecified charges and threats to his life are deliberately meant to punish him for refusing to raise funds for the ruling party for the upcoming elections

However, the agency on the contrary said: “Kgosi aggressively confronted and photographed the DIS officers while on duty around Extension 5 area (in the capital Gaborone) on February 22.”

Fears of being targeted were repeated by Kgosi’s close ally – former President Ian Khama who told an unsanctioned Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) meeting in Serowe that: “They are targeting me, my family; my friends even you (Bangwato) and want to bury us”.

Last month, Kgosi was arrested on arrival at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport and detained overnight followed by days of searching all his properties. The searches have continued to include properties of Kgosi’s close allies and business associates. It is suspected that he will soon be arraigned before court to answer for various offences, including alleged corruption and tax evasion.

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