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Magosi wants me to lie about Isaac Kgosi- Butterfly

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Troubled Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) agent Wilheminah Mphoeng Maswabi this week revealed damning allegations against her boss, Peter Magosi as she continues to fight for her freedom in her ongoing espionage case.

Maswabi, codenamed ‘Butterfly’, who is currently in state custody said in her affidavit that Magosi has been pestering her to lie about Kgosi in exchange for her freedom.

“On the day I was arraigned, 18 October 2019, and on several occasions before Peter Magosi who is the DG of the DIS repeatedly asked me questions about Mr Kgosi’s previous dealings at the DIS and said if I told him the truth and assist in discovering Mr Kgosi’s criminal wrong doing he will protect me,” her affidavit reads in part.

Maswabi further claims; “I have consistently told Mr Magosi that I am not aware of any of Mr Kgosi’s criminal activities or wrong doings. He went on to say that if I told him the truth regarding Mr Kgosi’s criminal activities he will be able to save me within 14 days, if I don’t he won’t be able to and I will lanquish in jail.”

“I therefore regard my remand as an attempt to break me in order to provide damning evidence against Mr Kgosi, which evidence I do not have. I am not about to start lying as requested by Mr Magosi,” Maswabi further says..

Through her lawyers, Maswabi- codenamed ‘Butterfly’ has filed an urgent bail application which is expected to be heard early next week before Justice Michael Mothobi of the Gaborone High Court.

This time around the defence is adamant that they have sufficient evidence to convince the court to grant Butterfly bail.

She was recently denied bail by High Court Judge, Christopher Gabanagae .

In the fresh court application, Maswabi says “I was denied bail on the basis of evidence presented by the state, which has since turned out to be false and fabricated. The companies in South Africa that I am alleged to be involved with do not exist.”

Maswabi further says “the bank accounts in the South African banks said to be holding staggering amounts of money which I am alleged to be a signatory of do not exist. My attorneys of record and in particular Mr Uyapo Ndadi has at my instance, investigated the genuineness of the allegations made by the state in the affidavit deposed by Jako Hubona in opposing my bail application before justice Gabanagae and it has turned out that the allegations were deliberately fabricated.”

“In short justice Gabanagae denied me bail relying on false evidence manufactured by the state, which evidence is malicious and defamatory.”
“To set the record straight I submit that I do not have any offshore accounts in my name. I do not have the sum of USD 33 00 000,00. Neither do I have financial interest in any company or person with an offshore account,” Maswabi states in her fresh affidavit.

She further denies having a love relation with her former spy boss, Isaac Kgosi. “I wish to state that I have never been romantically involved with Mr. Kgosi and the allegation that I shared a room with him while on an official work trip is a lie aimed at satisfying a malicious and false narrative.”

The Voice is also in possession of an affidavit made by the Managing Director of ABSA bank is south Africa, one Winston Monale, dated 11 November 2019, in which Monale says: “ ABSA has no record of any account with designated number *.it does not appear to be an Absa generated document.”

We are also in possession of an affidavit made by former President, Ian Khama, in which he claims he has never instructed Bank of Botswana on June 9 2008 or on any other date to open any special unit account.

“I expect that in any banking environment or in any financial institution instruction of the nature alleged by Hubona must be recorded for, among many reasons, audit evidence. It would therefore be very easy for the state to obtain evidence of such instruction and disclose it to the court. The reason the state is unable to adduce such evidence is because the allegation that I instructed bank of Botswana to open special unit accounts is completely false,” Khama says in court papers.

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Elephant mortality in Okavango rises to 110, Anthrax ruled out

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Wildlife and National Parks department has ruled out Anthrax as a killer disease for elephants along some villages in the Okavango delta.

As of Friday last week, at least 110 dead elephants were discovered in areas of Seronga, Gunotsoga and Eretsha in the past three weeks and were suspected to have died from Anthrax.

However the Anthrax laboratory tests have come back negative, leaving the government departments searching for more answers. 

“Laboratory results have ruled out Anthrax and we are awaiting more results,” explained regional Wildlife coordinator in Maun, Dimakatso Ntshebe.

Ntshebe said his department through the help of veterinary department services are still conducting further tests to find out whether or not this mysterious disease is not a result of poisoning.

The disease according to Ntshebe causes the giant’s front legs to weaken and therefore the unwell animal walks in uncoordinated manner and ultimately drops to its death.

“We don’t know what could be the cause of this disease but we are working around the clock to find out and hopefully work on the cure,” added Ntshebe.

Some samples are to be sent to South Africa for further testing. “We could have taken other samples to the neighbouring Zimbabwe, but because of COVID-19 that brought everything to almost a standstill, we could not send them,” Ntshebe explained before adding that, “before coronavirus outbreak, Botswana and Zimbabwe were in talks and have entered into some agreements including exportation and importation of certain medications, but we have not yet concluded the matter regarding samples, that is why we have not been able to send samples to Zimbabwe.”

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SADC Executive Secretary disturbed by obstacles in movement of goods

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The Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Stegomena Lawrence Tax, has cautioned member states that any lack of cooperation among then during the COVID19 era has potential to reverse the gains made in the last decades.

Addressing a virtual SADC Council of Ministers meeting this week, Lawrence Tax said that the regional ministers approved Guidelines on Harmonization and Facilitation of Movement of Essential Goods and Services across borders early April. 

She said that whilst the guidelines have played a critical role in facilitation of movement of essential goods, there are notable obstacles that have been noted by the Secretariat.

The obstacles include non-compliance/non recognition of regional legal frameworks; uncoordinated operations at the port of entry among border agencies; lack of harmonization and synchronization of policies and procedures among, and between member states; unilateral decisions outside agreed framework; as well as different approaches to deal with epidemiological challenges,” she said. 

She added that; “all these are resulting in increased cost of doing business, and negatively affecting the implementation of national and regional programmes”.

She advised that there is need to have measures, and coordinated approach in place since the region is in a post lockdown period since the transportation of non-essential goods and services will be resuming.

Lawrence Tax added that COVID19 is a global pandemic and that the SADC regional approach should expand to COMESA-EAC-SADC tripartite and eventually to other continental blocs.

“The Secretariat is already working with COMESA and EAC, specifically, in terms of harmonizing and synchronizing regulations and procedures for movement of goods and services under the Tripartite arrangement. We need to move in unison and avoid unilateral decisions, specifically with regards to cross border movement of goods and services,” she said.

According to the Executive Secretary, the regional office has already conducted a socio-economic impact analysis of COVID19 on the region and the results have shown that the pandemic will impact negatively across many socio and economic sectors.

“The decline in the global economy is projected to lead to a decline in commodity prices, increase in debt and significant contraction of the SADC economies in 2020. This will reverse the gains on industrial development and trade that the region has made in the last couple of years,” Lawrence Tax said.

On the flip side,  the region’s International Cooperating Partners have made pledges to mitigate the impact of COVID19 pandemic on its economy. 

“To date, the Secretariat has secured Euro 7.3 million from the German Government; Euro3.6million from European Union, Euro 190,000.00 under the GIZ/Africa Union Commission, whereas the African Development Bank (AfDB)  has considered a support UA 7 million. Engagements with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) are also at an advanced stage,” the Executive Secretary said.

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