DIS, DCEC superiority complex trigger clash

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Justice of the Court of Appeal, Isaac Lesetedi in his prelude stated that it is rare that agencies or arms of government come into conflict with each other over their respective mandate. He explained that the attention of the court was not drawn to any precedent of similar nature after the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) clashed in court.

“Rarely, has agencies or arms of government come into conflict with each other over their respective mandates to a level at which litigation ensues up and proceeds to the apex court of the jurisdiction? This is such a case. Our attention has not been drawn to any precedent of a similar nature in this jurisdiction,” he said. In or around May 2022, the DIS exercised its 'supposed superiority' and flexed its muscle on the DCEC by taking over the office of its Director General (DG), Tymon Katlholo, and his officers under the guise that it was looking for some files among those being for Seleka Springs firm. Seleka Springs is an arms consultancy and procurement firm owned by former president Ian Khama’s younger brothers, Tshekedi and Anthony, and was alleged to be under the DCEC investigation for corruption relating to certain tenders. This, according to Katlholo, who has since left the civil service, was not so as the DIS officers were said to have been instructed by their boss, Peter Magosi, to look for files involving him and his other officers. The DCEC was alleged to have been investigating Magosi and some of his officers for alleged acts of corruption, reason being that most were living beyond their means, something that irked the spy unit.

Background to the dispute

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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