Khama attorneys versus Chief Justice

Chief Justice Terence Rannowane PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Chief Justice Terence Rannowane PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The recent developments between the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) and former president Ian Khama has brought the spotlight again into the judiciary where many are questioning its independence and integrity.

The issue of forum shopping has been constantly discussed and addressed especially every year during the opening of the Legal Year but this time around high profile cases such as the one for the former DIS director-general Isaac Kgosi and the former president has brought it back. Chief Justice Terrence Rannowane has been accused of forum shopping against the former president's case where the DIS sought a search warrant against him. The Gaborone High Court recently issued a search warrant against Khama and his attorneys were not happy as to why the presiding judge was roped in while he was on vacation during that period.

Justice Chris Gabanagae was only scheduled to be the vacation judge on April 2022 but he was appointed to hear an ex-parte application brought by the DIS where they sought a search warrant against Khama and close his family members. Seeing that Justice Gabanagae was not to be a vacation judge, Khama’s attorneys wrote to the Chief Justice seeking clarity on why he was appointed.

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