Botswanan top security official says president's safety under threat

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-06 09:37:51|Editor: Wu Qin
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GABORONE, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Botswanan President Mokgweetsi Masisi is under constant threat and Botswanan security forces have taken measures to ensure his safety, a senior intelligence official said here Friday.

Recently, the president had to abandon a trip to Mozambique and return mid-air after Botswanan security forces foiled some suspected attacks on the presidential Jet, Botswana's Director of Intelligence and Security Peter Magosi told a press conference.

The local media reported in the past week that Masisi made a U-turn mid-air on a trip to Mozambique, where the president was supposed to address the 12th U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Maputo, capital of Mozambique.

Responding to questions from the media, Magosi confirmed that indeed the president had to abandon a trip to Mozambique on June 18 after being advised that it was not safe for him to proceed with the journey.

Magosi did not reveal much on the details of the incident but said the threat was made by some non-state actors.

Masisi succeeded Ian Khama as Botswana's president in April 2018 and is expected to lead the ruling Botswana Democratic Party in the general elections later this year.