TK accepts defeat over Magosi


The Minister for Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism Tshekedi Khama has filled in the blanks in a high level operation that led to the ousting of former Spy Chief Colonel Isaac Kgosi.

Khama told this publication recently that he succumbed to pressure from the Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Carter Morupisi to take away Magosi from his ministry.

Magosi was the Director for Anti-Poaching at Tshekedi’s ministry.

Khama’s revelation sheds more light into the prominent hand played by Morupisi in the grand plan to sack Col. Kgosi, who was perhaps once one of the most powerful men in the country in his DIS heyday.

It also appeared to indicate that Morupisi had been involved or had been taken into confidence with the plot at least from its stages of infancy.

But previously-in 2014 Magosi was hounded from the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) barracks over some missing Cellbrite intelligence signal jamming equipment.

The then commander of BDF, retired Lieutenant General Gaolathe Galebotswe allegedly wrote a letter to then President Ian Khama urging that Magosi be discharged from the military.

Also implicated in the scandal was the disgraced Military Intelligence agent Sergeant Dzikamani Mothobi who was implicated in the death of apparent career criminal John Kalafatis.

The missing spy equipment scandal sucked in the names of the current Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Resources.

But, in an astonishing and unexpected twist of fate, Magosi would rise from the ashes like a Phoenix.

Khama stated: “Bagolo took him from me. I wanted to work with him but Carter [Morupisi] said I can’t work with him anymore,” said Tshekedi who radiated admiration for the former army man.

In an irony of ironies, Magosi who was retired by former President Ian Khama had his career resuscitated by his younger brother.

Khama was beaming, with gestures suggesting a great admiration he has for Magosi.

He stated that atleast as far as he knows him, Magosi is a man who loves his country.

As a sign of confidence in, he described him as “a patriot, noting that he will definitely do a good job.”

Morupisi however denied usurping Magosi from Tshekedi.

He stated that Khama might have gotten his facts wrong. Morupisi also claimed that as far as he is concerned, Magosi’s last employment was with the BDF and he has not done work for the Department of Wildlife.