Seleka Springs (Pty) Ltd, a company owned by President Ian Khama’s twin brothers Tshekedi and Anthony Khama is said to have raked over P100 million from acting as agents for companies doing business with Botswana Defence Force (BDF)since 1989.
Answering a question in parliament, Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Shaw Kgathi revealed that Seleka Springs has acted as agents for several companies for the supply of specialized equipment, ammunition and spares. Some of the companies that engaged Seleka Springs according to Kgathi include Avis Vickers from United Kingdom, Steyr-Daimler and FN Herstal from South Africa and Belgium respectively.
Kgathi who was answering a question from Member of Parliament for Gabane-Mmankgodi Major General Pius Mokgware said other companies which engaged Seleka Springs are Thales Electronik, Thales Raython Systems, Unionlet Limited, Meccar all from South Africa and Pilatus Aircraft Limited.
On the amount paid, Kgathi who in the past has evaded the question on the dealings of Seleka Springs with BDF revealed that they were paid P102, 370,000.00 spanning 24 years from 1989 to 2012.“As for Botswana Police, Seleka Springs in 2000 was awarded a tender as principal suppliers of services rifles and pistols totaling one hundred and fifteen thousand and fifty five pula (P115,055.00),” Kgathi informed parliament.
Major General Mokgware who is a former BDF ground forces commander, had asked the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security to state the companies or organisations which Seleka Springs (Pty) Ltd represented as agents since 1989 to date for the supply of goods and services to BDF and BPS. He wanted the minister to also detail the contracts and amounts awarded to the companies/organisations represented by Seleka Springs (Pty) Ltd. He also wanted Kgathi to state the amounts of money Seleka Springs (Pty) Ltd received as payment for its role as agents in each contract.
Meanwhile Kgathi on Thursday submitted a request to parliament, asking that a 2010 statement made by former Member of Parliament Lesego Motsamai alleging that Seleka Springs was the beneficiary of a number of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) tenders be expunged. “I am accordingly expunging from Hansard No. 165 Part 2 of 29 February -17 December 2010, the part relating to Seleka Springs in the response given by the then acting Minister of Defense, Justice and Security, Hon L.E Motsumi to question No.3 of 15th December 2010, by Hon. W. B Mmolotsi of Francistown South as it was erroneous to have indicated that Seleka Springs was the supplier when in actual fact it has never been,” he said.
Kgathi received tongue lashing from members of opposition last year December when he told parliament that no tender was awarded to Seleka Springs either by Botswana Defence Force (BDF) or Botswana Police Service during the period 1980-1998, contrary to what his predecessor had told parliament.