Ex-Botswana President Khama to obstacle arrest warrant: Attorney | Information

Previous chief, who is now in South Africa, accused of possessing unlawful firearms.

Ian Khama, the former president of Botswana, will contest an arrest warrant issued by a courtroom for the possession of unlawful firearms, his attorney has mentioned.

Khama, who led Botswana from 2008 to 2018, still left the place very last yr for neighbouring South Africa soon after slipping out with his successor, President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

The arrest warrant, issued on Friday by Gaborone’s regional magistrate, follows Khama’s failure to surface for demo earlier this year. The 69-yr-old faces 14 costs relationship again to 2016, amid them allegations of money laundering and dealing with stolen residence, but the warrant is only for the possession of 5 unlawful firearms.

Mareledi Dipate, the justice of the peace who issued the arrest warrant, reported Khama really should be apprehended on sight and taken to the Broadhurst Magistrate’s Courtroom.

Victor Ramalepa, a law firm for the former chief, explained to the area newspaper Mmegi that they will problem the determination, without having providing even further specifics.

Khama is charged along with the previous head of intelligence and law enforcement companies, Isaac Kgosi, suspended Law enforcement Commissioner Keabetswe Makgophe, and Victor Paledi, a previous deputy long lasting secretary in the Youth, Gender, Activity and Lifestyle Ministry.

Khama has vehemently denied the expenses, declaring they are component of a political conspiracy due to his opposition to Masisi.

“There’s been no crime. I have performed almost nothing improper,” Khama told South Africa’s point out broadcaster SABC on Friday.

The previous chief reported the warrant was issued simply because he “left the ruling get together and campaigned versus him [Masisi]”.

“I have the licences [for the firearms]. They required to lookup [his property] and just take them absent. But they arrived with the improper lookup warrant,” Khama told SABC.

“Despite the reality that they arrived with the improper look for warrant … I reported I have received practically nothing to cover, tomorrow let us fulfill and I will exhibit the weapons and the licences. They didn’t occur,” he included.

Khama, the son of Botswana’s 1st President Seretse Khama, was the fourth president of Botswana.

Immediately after serving as commander of the Botswana Defence Force, Khama ventured into politics and was vice president from 1998 to 2008, before succeeding Festus Mogae as president in 2008.

Khama was re-elected in the 2009 elections. He was elected yet again in Oct 2014, leaving office four yrs later just after completing two 5-year phrases.