Is Pilane headed to DPP?
• Ex-BMD leader recently quit politics • Incumbent DPP is allegedly notorious for sloth • “Butterfly” case haunts DPP • Yet Pilane could also be considered for Judge President of CoA
Former president of the Botswana Movement for Democracy, Advocate Sidney Pilane, may be in line for a strategic post at the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Informed sources say the outspoken jurist with a reputation for tenacity could replace the current DPP director, Stephen Tiroyakgosi, who has reportedly fallen out of favour with everyone who matters across Government Enclave.
Pilane is said to be at the head of a list of potential replacements of the DPP as soon as Tiroyakgosi is shown the door in President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s campaign to rid the government of deadwood and people of doubtful loyalty that has already claimed a few heads. The latest to fall was the Commissioner of Prisons, Colonel Silas Setlalekgosi, who was given his marching orders two weeks ago.
But sources say Pilane could also become the next Judge President of the Court of Appeal whose incumbent, Justice Ian Kirby, is set to retire at the end of this year. Even so, the Office of the President is reportedly much perturbed by sloth at the DPP under Tiroyakgosi, especially his slovenly performance in the high stakes case involving DISS agent Welheminah Maswabi, better known as “Butterly,” and some of Botswana’s most powerful personages.
The DPP has alleged that P100 billion was stolen from the Bank of Botswana and distributed to several offshore accounts across the world in a scheme that allegedly involved former president Ian Khama and founding Director General of DISS Isaac Kgosi. However, the state has since withdrawn a charge of financing terrorism and is yet to charge Khama and Kgosi for their alleged roles in the scheme.
In the course of the case in which the DPP kept losing ground and credibility, diplomatic relations between Botswana and South Africa took a knock owing to the DPP’s appointment of Afrikaner proto-nationalist outfit, AfriForum, in hopes of getting things moving after South Africa used obfuscation and much ‘filibustering’ to frustrate Botswana’s efforts to obtain evidence in that country through Mutual Legal Assistance.
Credibility of the DPP also became an issue after a series of court losses that saw high profile people accused go scot free in a highly publicised case in which millions were allegedly siphoned off the National Petroleum Fund.
Both Pilane and Tiroyakgosi were not available for comment at the time of going to press and did not respond to this publication’s questions sent to their mobile phones.