Boko, please don’t spoil it!

SHARE   |   Monday, 12 March 2018   |   By Gofitile Keotshwaetse
Boko, please don’t spoil it!

The Friday headline Kgosi in Trouble, demonstrated with a very clear positional chess game, made me very curious, and I quickly grabbed a copy of the newspaper to interrogate the latest scandal demonstrated with a tense, emotional chess game between UDC leader Boko, and the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director general Isaac Kgosi, both shown to be in a war mode, biting lower lips with anger and determination in their game of strategy. On the chess board one could tell that the match between Boko and Kgosi is pretty new, had just began, looking at the few chess pieces that had already opened the game, in fact the game appears to be only inside the first four moves of Boko's opening gambit, and it doesn't look the stuff of grand masters despite all the headline's hype that screams, Kgosi in Trouble. I’m looking at it first from the point of a chess game, because chess is the analogy the editor chose to transmit the extent of Kgosi and DIS troubles to us readers at the hands of Boko’s so called mastery of the game of strategy. Unless this was an amateur observer watching a game of amateurs, there is nothing on the board that suggest Boko's genius, or Kgosi’s costly tactical blunders to warrant the editor's screaming headline and his preferred scenario demonstration. Boko's illustrated gambit gives no indication of trouble for his opponent, as it is clear that in that position, black calmly should deal with the white's check move, consequently inviting troubles for white's queen, which would be forced to escape to another opportunistic position, where, yet again it would take just a no brainer pawn to push the heedlessly and aimlessly marauding white queen back to the drawing boards  while black continues to steadily build his solid opening gambit and most likely take this game by the scruff of the neck as white fails to recover from the early pointless, useless run-arounds. Unfortunately, I had to scrutinise the chess scenario because as a reader I was presented with a very clear board scenario to decipher if it had any meaning. I had to conclude that either there was no big deal, just screaming headline. However, I continued to check for whatever serious situations, “troubles”, that otherwise may not have been captured clearly by the misleading chess demo on the front page. What I found in the body of the letter however was no more different from the conclusion derived after analysing the front page depiction. I felt after reading Hon Boko's intention to go to court and force the DIS to pay back the National petroleum fund P250 million, that, Boko has to be cautioned, just like the depiction of him in the chess scenario, I felt he was not only moving too fast, too early, but like the pieces, the early opening moves on the board, he was headed to nowhere, to no victory, except own hara-kiri, suicidal mission, I will show why.

Having taken my time to follow every episode of this P250 million fund in the newspapers, I'm wondering why Boko appears to be in such a rush, when a lot is yet to unravel in this huge, earth shuttering story of Bakang Seretse and his millions. In fact, I'm tempted to wonder, in whose interest is Hon Boko acting, in his latest gambit. However, having observed that in the earlier court cases involving Bakang Seretse, this same Duma Boko was hugely present as part of the legal bench, especially during Bakang’s application for bail, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to decipher in whose interest Boko may be bidding. My suspicion is that Hon Boko may be a pawn in someone else's game might therefore not be farfetched.   I know they say money talks, but I would urge Hon Boko to take a principled stance and for once be on the side of the truth, on the side of the nation's interest and not be led by interest in money for his pockets. But then again, I'm talking about the self styled gladiator who chose to dance with Bopeu's Andrew Motsamai in those hey days, just for money, even if it meant putting in jeopardy his, and his party, the UDC’s relationship with Bofepusu and Johnson Motshwarakgole. I’m talking about the man who chose to receive a job from the disliked Sidney Pilane, even if such a move angered other UDC contracting partners, leading to the split of the BMD. I’m aware I'm advising an impossible person, but I will just go ahead and offer my little two thebe of advice to the self-styled gladiator, the self-styled phremenoi. Dear Hon Boko, the urgent question we need answered about this P250 million scandal is not the return of the money by the DIS, for by that approach we will be too simplistic, naive, ignoring the main problem of focus, Bakang Seretse, your client.  The serious issue here should be why did Bakang Seretse have to transfer millions into 17 various bank accounts in such a short time, raising suspicions that there was something to hide? As a member of the public I'm wondering about these things, Hon Boko, and it is my humble submission that as an elected MP and party leader public and national interests often should supersede your personal interests and love for bling-bling’s. Rre Boko you and I should be asking tough questions, what this money is doing in so many bank accounts, was it an attempt to hide it away, why were expensive cars like, Mercedes Benz’s and station wagons bought in the name of Kelebogile Nngwenya, who is Kelebogile Nngwenya, why were properties snapped up at I-towers, including parking lots, offices, and houses, during that particular blitz? We should be asking tough questions like who are the people behind some of the lucrative transactions made to the likes of Lemog Investments, Sandone international, Outer Limit, Stm connections, which are some of the companies that were credited with huge sums of money from the Khulaco account.

Hon Boko as a national leader is required to be on the pursuit of the truth, and not just to be a legal hawk looking for opportunities to make money even if that opportunity clashes with National and public interests. As a representative of the people, Hon Boko, you are a public servant more and a legal practitioner less, especially where the two clashes, as in this particular case. Hon Boko should be asking tough questions about the persona of Khulaco, the recipient of the P250 million belonging to the DIS, because there is a scandal there, for how does a company not awarded the tender to manage public funds, get to be credited with government funds to manage, to pay for invoices, when such an arrangement require prior tendering and awarding of the tender   including agreement regarding how they will be getting their commissions!!! Is There a contract to show that there was any agreement with the intended recipient, the DIS? In court the DIS said that they never gave authority for Khulaco to be opened as a company acting on their behalf. Instead the documents show that, when inquiring about their money, they were told that they will get it through Khulaco which will be paying invoices on behalf of DIS. There is also a serious issue involving how Khulaco paid itself some P50 million plus, from the NPF when it doesn’t have any authority to do so, something tantamount to thuggery, looting of public coffers yet my Hon MP and aspiring future head of state, Hon Boko doesn’t interrogate this scandal. In fact, I'm tempted to conclude that Hon Boko is launching his new court case against the DIS just as an effort to take away the public eye from the big picture, he is destracting attention from pertinent questions around this scandal, just to save his client by any means necessary. My disappointment is that Hon Boko has taken us his followers for being uneducated and he believes that he can sway us so cheaply just to get paid by his very rich client, while the real story is killed and swept under the carpet. Hon Boko, please don’t spoil it for us, I plead.

 Gofitile Keotshwaetse