Masisi washes his hands of P100bn saga

  • Says only DPP can account for what happened
  • Asserts he did not have any role in the case


President Mokgweetsi Masisi has washed his hands of the controversial P100 billion case in which former president Ian Khama and his co-accused were alleged to have stolen P100 billion from the Bank of Botswana, saying only the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Stephen Tiroyakgosi, can account for the case “I did not play any role in the P100 billion case,” the President told the people of Serowe in a Kgotla meeting there yesterday. “Only the DPP can account for what happened with regard to that issue. I am not empowered to meddle in his business or that of the courts.”

A resident had asked the President whether the state had managed to trace the money that it said was stolen and stashed away in offshore accounts and if not they would offer a public apology to those affected.

The state has appealed the High Court judgement that dismissed the case as a fabrication. The judge also directed the Registrar of the High Court to submit a copy of the judgement to President Mokgweetsi Masisi for appropriate remedial action.

“The 1st respondent, the DPP director, is referred to the President of the Republic of Botswana as his appointing authority to consider his removal from office of the DPP in terms of Section 133 (3) of the Constitution of Botswana,” Justice Zein Kebonang ordered.

“The 1st respondent is also referred to the Law Society of Botswana for investigation and appropriate sanction. The 1st respondent is also referred to the Attorney General for investigation and possible prosecution.”