Isaac Kgosi Rearrested

Isaac Kgosi was rearrested on Sunday just minutes after leaving court.

Isaac Kgosi confirmed that he has been rearrested and is being held at DIS offices at Sebele for allegedly threatening DIS officials earlier this afternoon.

The deposed former boss of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) who seemed completely frustrated and lamenting at the harassment he was receiving, appeared in court after he was searched over the weekend and certain alleged items were taken including phones.

Kgosi whose plea was reserved due to the infancy of investigations as said by the State prosecutor, Omphemetse Mashiga was read the charge sheet of which the six charges ranged from possession of ammunition without licence, possession of armoured military vests resembling those of the Botswana Police Service and those of Botswana Defence Force (BDF).

According to the charge sheet, Kgosi is accused of undermining the security of Botswana which act is prejudicial to the interest of the country contrary to the National Security Act.

In count one, the ex-spy boss is accused of being in possession of three armoured vests closely resembling those of the Botswana Police Service without lawful authority while count two he is accused of being in possession of military uniform closely resembling that of the BDF.

Particulars of the two offences are that Kgosi was on or about October 24, 2021 was found in possession of the said items without lawful authority.

In count three and four, he is accused of being in possession of battle vests and tactical backpack closely resembling those of the DIS and being in possession of forged or irregular official documents purporting to be specimens of and a passport of Botswana without lawful authority.

The particulars of the offences are that on or about October 24, 2021 he was found in possession of two battle vests and two tactical backpacks while also being in possession of one passport in the name of Lerato Hilton purportedly issued by the government of Botswana and three Botswana passport specimen, two in the names of Ian Khama and one in the name of Alicia Keys issued by Vlatacom Ltd.

Further, in count five and six, Kgosi is accused of being in possession of a forged or irregular official document purporting to be a national identity card of Botswana and being of possession of ammunition without license.

According to particulars of the offence on possession of ammunition, he was found in possession of 15 rounds of ammunition, 45 centre fire cartridges (high velocity), 100 centre fire cartridges (38 special) and 39x. 38 special cartridges (plastic training) without a licence.

Meanwhile, earlier in court, State prosecutor Mashiga told court that they would like to move an application for the remand of Kgosi.

“The investigations are still at an initial stage and we would like to move an application to remand the accused,” he said.

While Kgosi’s attorneys Thabisa Tafila and Diba Diba told court that they were surprised by the arraignment and the sudden charges.

Tafila told court that they were aware of the warrant of search but they did not anticipate the charges and asked court for more time to prepare their defence to oppose the remand.

“We are surprised of these charges, we did not anticipate them. State says they are still investigating then we wonder what is the rush and why we had to be in court. We have not properly consulted our clients and we will also need time to prepare the opposition papers for the remand,” he told court.

The case was then adjourned to 2pm today