The recent violation of national security by the North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has again exposed the ineffectiveness of the state security agents not only regarding the security of the head of state but that of the country. Highly placed sources have revealed that the issue has infuriated President Ian Khama who has called on state security chiefs to account why such an embarrassing event took place. The main concern for President Khama is the easy way in which Mahumapelo and his entourage entered the country with weapons of war which were not even declared. “When a Head of State or any very important person who requires security comes to the country, they have to send them an itinerary including the nature of weapons they will bring and their make as well as the number of cars they are bringing,” said a senior state security officer. The protocol for foreign dignitaries is handled by the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation but it appears in the case of Mahumapelo’s recent visit this didn’t happen. He was invited by the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry to attend the Global Expo but a serious omission was done by the ministry officials by failing to inform those at Foreign Affairs about their guests. Upon arriving in the country it is the state security who should take over the security of the visitor but in Mahumapelo’s case foreign security personnel kept the controls which was a serious breach of national security. Another issue that has made President Khama livid is that how the entourage managed to pass through Lobatse without the local security agents detecting that they had guests. The entourage met that of President Khama at Boatle when he was joining the A1 road from the Boatle-Mmankgodi road. “The issue is not about the shoving of the President as his entourage was only three cars and was not pushed out of the road but the lapse of the state security,” said a state security agent. However, the Government has already registered an official complaint with the South African Government.
How the state security has been slumber?
This is not the first time that the security of President Khama was compromised as in 2010 his plane failed to land at Gakhibana, 80 kilometres from Bokspits when he was going to officially open the Trans Kalahari highway. Khama's crew was scheduled to disembark at the Gakhibana airstrip before travelling the 80km to Bokspits by road to officially open the economically important Highway. However, the presidential party had to return to Gaborone without setting foot in Bokspits where proceedings went on without them. In 2012, during the Prisons Day celebration in Mahalapye, a lady managed to pass the Presidential guard to give President Khama some beads during the singing of the national anthem. She was whisked out by Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) and in a later interview the lady revealed that she was tortured for endangering the life of the president.