Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Commander Lieutenant General Placid Segokgo has announced that he has reached the statutory age of retirement.
General Segokgo who was appointed army commander in 2016 by the then President Ian Khama didn’t specify the month that he will step down when he made the announcement before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recently. Sources close to the army have opined that buy making the announcement publicly, General Segokgo could be signalling that he is ready to step down and does seek an extension of his contract.
President Mokgweetsi Masisi who is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces is expected to decide on who will take over the leadership of the army going forward. Should President Masisi allow General Segokgo to retire, this will see a major shakeup at Sir Seretse Khama Barracks (SSKB). Possible successors include Major General Gotsileene Morake, Major General Molefi Seikano, Major General Mpho Mophuting and Major General Seleka Innocent Phatshwane
Two of President Masisi’s inner circle being his brother who is Head of Security Brigadier Thulaganyo Masisi and former army commander Lieutenant General Tebogo Masire will play a pivotal role in advising General Segokgo's succesor. The two, who have mentored all the current crop of senior army chiefs, will look at service history of the officers and political consideration when advising the President.