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Masisi to probe 'death threat' at Btv

Staff Writer
Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration Mokgweetsi Masisi has promised to investigate allegations surrounding a case of 'threat-to-kill' against Botswana Television (Btv) newsreader Brian Dioka lodged by his colleague, Gloria Kgosi.

The duo apparently had a fierce war-of-words, after the late night news bulletin on Tuesday at the Mass Media Complex when Kgosi is said to have hurled insults at Dioka. Though it is unclear what Dioka's offending words were, those close to the duo say she claims he had threatened to kill her. Masisi told Mmegi yesterday that he was on leave and had not been briefed on the matter.

"Any allegation or misconduct by any civil servant is taken seriously. I intend to ensure that when I come back from my leave, I get to the bottom of this matter," he said.

When contacted for comment Dioka would not discuss details as the matter is being investigated by the

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However, he confirmed that Kgosi had reported him to the police. Efforts to get a comment from Kgosi were unsuccessful at the time of going to press.

But Gaborone West Police Station commander Superintendent Bonnie Bareki said they did not have a case of threat-to-kill involving the two newsreaders. He said Kgosi had lodged a complaint saying "she did not like the way Dioka spoke to her".

"At the moment we are investigating so we cannot say for now that there is or there is no threat to kill case. You should know that what we are doing is to look at the words she is complaining about and see what charge they would attract," Bareki said.



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