Masisi distances himself from DPP
• OP says Masisi is not an investigator as DPP comes under siege
President Mokgweetsi Masisi is not an investigator and harbours no ambitions of becoming one, the Press Secretary to the President, Batlhalefi Leagajang, has told The Business Weekly & Review.
Leagajang was responding a question prompted by the dismal performance of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), especially in cases that have captured the imagination of the public for the high profile personages being acquitted and the staggering amounts of money involved.
The Constitution of Botswana empowers the President to appoint the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), who is under supervision of the Attorney General.
The Business Weekly & Review put questions to Leagajang in an effort to understand whether the DPP’s glaring failures in court may not prejudice President Masisi’s sworn war on corruption, given the DPP’s zero success rate in high profile cases of graft. However, the official spokesman of the President referred this publication to a previous answer to another newspaper.
The Business Weekly & Review would also have wanted to know the President’s thinking around the DPP’s routine failure, if political interference from the Office of the President may in any way be to blame, and if the President would be reforming the DPP.
“We have, in our previous response to your publication and others, emphasised that His Excellency the President Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi has no investigative and/or prosecutorial powers and has never at any point misdirected himself or harboured any such intentions in terms of the exercise of his powers as enshrined in the Constitution of this Republic,” Leagajang said.
“The decision to investigative cases lies with the institutions empowered to do so by the laws of the Republic. So does the decision to prosecute or not (to prosecute). We therefore advise that you engage those institutions.”
Other than rather this rather curt and dry response, Leagajang would not answer direct questions from The Business Weekly & Review and instead asked for a questionnaire to be sent again after sending to this publication an old response previously sent to another media house.