Makgophe’s arrest an embarrassment

For decades in Botswana the Police service has been largely regarded as a beacon of hope and a top security organ designed to enforce law, protect citizens and above all ensure there are no crimes or civil disorder.

On the other hand, the spy unit, Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) was created and mainly introduced to oversee the security of the nation. However, as things stand, the two forces seem to be overriding each other, resulting in clash of egos. The Police Commissioner is the highest rank in the police service and seen as the clean image of the service. But, the recent detention of Botswana Police Commissioner, Keabetswe Makgophe by another security organ has left many shell-shocked. The Botswana Police Service has also been operating as the face of integrity but, when it is questioned, it shakes the whole essence of law enforcement of the country.

The DIS has been doing too much lately and it’s the police that is currently feeling its fire. The creation of the intelligence agency seems to be spelling trouble for many including other security agencies that are feeling its ‘above the law’ presence.

Editor's Comment
CoA brings sanity to DIS/DCEC long-standing feud

This decision follows the raiding of the office of the former Director General of the DCEC, Tymon Katlholo early 2022 and his staff officer by the DIS operatives who reportedly took files that they had targeted.After all back and forth arguments, the CoA has set the record straight giving an invaluable lesson to the DIS that it was no super security organ and it does not have any powers to cogently supervise other security organs including the...

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