THE BIG FALL OUT

. Masisi, Magosi relationship hit rock bottom

. DISS head could be axed – sources

. Magosi remains mum

. DISS boss bungled cases 

Staff Writer

There is a fallout between President Mokgweetsi Masisi and the Director of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Director General, Brigadier Peter Magosi. So serious is the fallout that Magosi is said to be leaving the DISS.

According to sources, President Masisi is unhappy with the manner in which Magosi handled major cases.  What broke the camel’s back is the case in which DISS agent Wilhemina Maswabi code name “Butterfly” was alleged to have embezzled around P100 billion. 

When the Butterfly case erupted, this publication reported that there were concerns raised by senior government officials to the effect that the DISS was bungling the case. 

Apparently, the President expressed his disappointment over the handling of other cases such as the Sebina brothers case, where DISS failed to provide evidence in the court.   Further, DISS advised government to blacklist the Chinese owned construction company, China Jiansgu which Magosi claimed was engaged in corrupt practices.

This cases form the list of many that are before the courts. However, Magosi was challenged to bring forth evidence, of which he did not.

During the 2019 general elections, DISS was alleged to have interfered with the elections as per claims made by the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and South African based forensic investigator Paul O’ Sullivan. Sullivan concluded that P15million from the DISS was used to buy votes, through front companies. Magosi has been missing in action lately, especially since reports of his suspension surfaced late last year.

This publication efforts to solicit a comment from Magosi hit a snag as his mobile phone was unanswered at press time. Magosi had not responded to a text sent to his phone.

Further efforts to reach the Permanent Secretary to the President, Elias Magosi and Presidential Affairs Minister Kabo Morwaeng were unsuccessful.  However, DISS Public relations officer denied the allegations. Edward Robert told this publication that these are nothing but allegations.

 “We are not aware of any eminent departure of Rre (Peter) Magosi from DISS.” Seemingly cagey with information, Robert added that, “If there has been any change, that would have been officially communicated.” Magosi was appointed by President Masisi in May 2018 after the dismissal of the former head of DISS Isaac Kgosi. Kgosi was the founding Spy Chief.