21 February 2019

Botswana: DISS Closes in On Kgosi

Heavy boxes loaded from his house

In their continued search for various documents and even equipment, state security agencies on Friday morning extended their investigation of the embattled former Director General of Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Colonel (R) Isaac Kgosi to his close allies in Gaborone.

However, they were also back to his Phakalane residence where they were seen leaving at around 8pm after spending the greater part of the day searching. They were not forthcoming with information of whatever they were looking for and what they ultimately loaded into their mini bus.

The search in the morning had extended to a house allegedly belonging to a spy lady at Block 7 and to Kgosi's company secretaries at Kgale News. The spy lady, with code name "butterfly', was head of the intelligence Special Task Team and mostly dealt with covert operations.

It was said more searches were conducted in other areas where Kgosi's close allies reside. Highly placed sources within the security cluster have revealed that a stash of weapons of wars have been confiscated from one of the houses where one of Kgosi's close associates was staying.

"It seems the house was also used as an armory as some of the weapons of wars, including M16 gun which is one of the most sought after weapons in the military world," revealed the source.

Other riffles found included Galil - a multi-purpose personal weapon designed to serve as a basic weapon for the infantry. It is manufactured in Israeli where DISS procured most of the equipment.

It is suspected the weapons and other spy equipment discovered in the searches were the property of the DISS which Kgosi didn't hand over when he was fired from office. After taking over as DISS DG, Brigadier Peter Magosi decried that there was no inventory at DISS and he didn't know how many riffles the spy organisation procured and where they are.

Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last year, Magosi said that it is difficult to trace some of the riffles and spy equipment.

"Our main challenge is surveillance equipment and weapons of war procured outside the country and the only solution is to go to the companies where they were procured and ask how many were procured from them," he informed the PAC.

The recent raid on Kgosi and his associates was to try and establish the whereabouts of the weapons and the spy equipment.

One of the equipment that the DISS has been looking for is the spy equipment which they believe might be used to counter spying on them and hacking their systems.

In an interview with the media on Friday afternoon, DISS boss Magosi could not reveal much on what they have discovered and asked for cooperation as they were still doing their investigations.

"We must know that as much as we are doing investigations we have to respect the privacy of the person who is being investigated," he appealed to the media.

Weapons of war are only allowed to be carried by members of the disciplined forces being the Botswana Defence, Botswana Police and DISS. It is against the law for individuals to possess them.

Members of Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) anti-poaching unit were recently disarmed because they were not legally allowed to carry weapons of war.

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