High Court in Botswana dismisses search warrant application for former President Ian Khama

Reading Time: < 1 minute

The High Court in Botswana has dismissed an application for a search and seizure warrant for the country’s former President, Ian Khama.

Intelligence Director-General Peter Magosi’s application for permission to raid Khama’s residences was triggered by the allegation that Khama threatened Botswana’s security.

The former President has also previously been accused of conspiring to bring incumbent President Mokgweetsi Masisi down.

Warrant of arrest against former Botswana President Ian Khama: Khayelihle Khumalo

Social media was abuzz on Sunday, with reports that Khama’s arrest was imminent.

However, the application for the warrant was not to take the former president into custody.

In the court papers, the Intelligence Agency says Khama may be in violation of the Penal Code which includes the concealment of treason, obtaining unlicensed firearms and possession of arms of war.

This goes back to a case of three of Khama’s private security being accused of possessing illegal firearms. The matter was later dismissed due to a lack of evidence.

Khama and his predecessor Mokgweetsi Masisi had a fallout in the run-up to the 2019 elections and there’s been a cold war ever since.

Former Botswana President Ian Khama speaks on an apparent witch hunt against him: