Magosi denies DCEC probe

The head of DISS has answered “I don’t know nothing” to all questions about his relationship with Mathambo who was this week removed from the pinnacle at DECEC

Magosi denies DCEC probe

The Director General of the Intelligence and Security Services (DISS), Peter Magosi, has denied ever being investigated by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC) for abuse of office.

In the wake of the removal of Brigadier Joseph Mathambo as Director General of DCEC and transfer back to the Botswana Defence Force (BDF), it has been alleged that strained relations between the two men may have led to the removal of Mathambo from the scene by President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

It is believed that the alleged probe of Magosi by Mathambo may have been a contributing factor in Mathambo’s fate on Wednesday this week.

Sources say over and above the men’s differences over direction of the “Butterfly” case, Mathambo had initiated an investigation into the lifestyle of his counterpart at DISS.

It is said Mathambo investigated Magosi for alleged abuse of office and his links to Chinese contractors, allegations that Magosi has since denied. “I have no idea that I have been investigated,” he said.

Regarding his alleged sour relationship with Mathambo, Botswana’s top spy flatly denied there was any misunderstanding between them. “I am not aware that we had a fallout,” he said.

Magosi would not comment on implications of Mathambo’s removal from DCEC for the “Butterfly” case but instead redirected this enquiry to the Public Relations Unit of DISS. “I don’t know anything,” he said. “I cannot comment on a case that is before the courts.”

Mathambo and Magosi have been described as friends from their days at the BDF where Magosi headed Military Intelligence and Mathambo rose through the ranks to brigadier.

The Business Weekly & Review is informed Magosi actually recommended Mathambo to the President for appointment to the pinnacle of DCEC, envisioning teamwork that could enhance investigation of former president Ian Khama and former head of DISS Isaac Kgosi in connection with an alleged ‘heist’ of P100 billion from the Bank of Botswana.

Meanwhile, efforts to solicit comments from Mathambo hit a snag at press time.