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Guma partners Asian tycoons in unknown deal

The self-exiled former Member of Parliament (MP) for Tati East constituency, Samson Moyo Guma is reported to have convinced and partnered with Chinese and Indian moneyed businessmen in an undisclosed but money spinning deal, Weekendpost has been told.

An impeccable source close to the controversial former legislator indicates that the politician cum businessman has managed to strike a deal, few months after touching down in South Africa where he fled to. The information however is still sketchy as to which business Guma and his cabal are in, but one thing for sure is, it is a very lucrative industry. This, it is also said he will not be returning back to Botswana anytime soon.

The businesses are said to be a multi-national operating in South Africa, Lesotho, Kingdom of Eswatini and Mauritius. His business partners are reported to have convinced him to have another branch in Botswana, a request Guma threw to the dustbin without any hesitation, says an informant. This is attributed to his collapsed relationship with BDP which has also expelled him.

Guma fled the country in March this year, after claiming to have received a tip off about a plan to assassinate him. Moyo, back then told this publication that he was tipped by security agents to find safe haven and also revealed that he has informed the speaker of the National assembly about this development. 

It later came out that Guma could have fled his Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) flames as the taxman wanted to repossess some of his assets, as it is said he was a tax dodger. On top of that the Directorate of Intelligence services (DIS) is also said to be looking for him to account for P30 million he got from different banks through his company Unified Refineries Botswana Holdings (URB).

Prior to his exile Guma was on a Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) faction that was antagonizing party President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s side. Guma was also vying for the Secretary General for the party. Political observers were of the view that state apparatus, BURS and DIS were employed to fight a political battle that would take him out of the game.

With the business blossoming outside the borders, the former BDP Chairman is reported to have his balance ready and could settle his debts anytime. “In short he has been negotiating with donors around the world to assist him to clear off his debts that the state could use to deter him or even arrest him. And he has long managed to get the money and he could have come earlier before the elections.

However his business interest that side grew to a point where he noticed that it would not be ideal to come and contest elections given a short period of campaigning.  As is, he can pay the debts he is facing but he is still awaiting a new order,” says a source which refused to share the details of the business let alone the name of the company Guma is in with the foreigners.

When contacted to share how far they are with Guma, BURS Communications Head, Mabel Bolele was of a very little help. “Unfortunately it is not in our code of conduct to share with third party our case, unless the involved person opens up about it to you. Contact him please.”
Guma Moyo’s mobile number has not been going through on the other hand. Weekendpost understands that it will take something extraordinary for the free-minded politician to come back. This is following his one-time party, BDP’s victory from the October elections. “He believes the party leadership is targeting him and once he touches down they will come with all they have to arrest him,” adds a source.

Guma was expelled from BDP for tarnishing Vice President Slumber Tsogwane’s name. He accused VP for conspiring with opposition figures to win Guma’s constituency. Secondly he was facing transgression of being the ring leader of dissenting members of the party who attended the infamous Serowe meeting in February, which was not called by an ‘established organ of the party therefore in illegitimate as per Article 43.5 of the party constitution’.

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Botswana economic recovery depends on successful vaccine rollout – BoB

5th May 2021

Bank of Botswana (BoB) has indicated that the rebounding of domestic economy will depended on successful vaccine roll-out which could help business activity to return to its post pandemic days.

Projections by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggest a rebound in economic growth for Botswana in 2021.

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Inside the UB-BDF fighter Jet tragedy report

5th May 2021

Despite being hailed and still regarded as a hero who saved many lives through his decision to crash the BF5 fighter Jet around the national stadium on the eve of the 2018 BDF day, the deceased Pilot, Major Clifford Manyuni’s actions were treated as a letdown within the army, especially by his master-Commander of the Air Arm, Major General Innocent Phatshwane.

Manyuni’s master says he was utterly disappointed with his Pilot’s failure to perform “simple basics.”

Manyuni was regarded as a hero through social media for his ‘colourful exploits’, but Phatshwane who recently retired as the Air Arm Commander, revealed to WeekendPost in an exclusive interview that while he appreciated Batswana’s outpouring of emotions and love towards his departed Pilot, he strongly felt let down by the Pilot “because there was nothing wrong with that Fighter Jet and Manyuni did not report any problem either.”

The deceased Pilot, Manyuni was known within the army to be an upwardly mobile aviator and in particular an air power proponent.

“I was hurt and very disappointed because nobody knows why he decided to crash a well-functioning aircraft,” stated Phatshwane – a veteran pilot with over 40 years of experience under the Air Arm unit.

Phatshwane went on to express shock at Manyuni’s flagrant disregard for the rules of the game, “they were in a formation if you recall well and the guiding principle in that set-up is that if you have any problem, you immediately report to the formation team leader and signal a break-away from the formation.

Manyuni disregarded all these basic rules, not even to report to anybody-team members or even the barracks,” revealed Phatshwane when engaged on the much-publicised 2018 incident that took the life of a Rakops-born Pilot of BDF Class 27 of 2003/2004.

Phatshwane quickly dismisses the suggestion that perhaps the Fighter Jet could have been faulty, “the reasons why I am saying I was disappointed is that the aircraft was also in good condition and well-functioning. It was in our best interest to know what could have caused the accident and we launched a wholesale post-accident investigation which revealed that everything in the structure was working perfectly well,” he stated.

Phatshwane continued: “we thoroughly assessed the condition of the engine of the aircraft as well as the safety measures-especially the ejection seat which is the Pilot’s best safety companion under any life-threatening situation. All were perfectly functional.”

In aircrafts, an ejection seat or ejector seat is a system designed to rescue the pilot or other crew of an aircraft in an emergency. The seat is propelled out of the aircraft by an explosive charge or rocket motor, carrying the pilot with it.”

Manyuni knew about all these safety measures and had checked their functionality prior to using the Aircraft as is routine practice, according to Phatshwane. Could Manyuni have been going through emotional distress of some sort? Phatshwane says while he may never really know about that, what he can say is that there are laid out procedures in aviation guiding instances of emotional instability which Manyuni also knew about.

“We don’t allow or condone emotionally or physically unfit Pilots to take charge of an aircraft. If a Pilot feels unfit, he reports and requests to be excused. We will subsequently shift the task to another Pilot. We do this because we know the risks of leaving an unfit pilot to fly an aircraft,” says Phatshwane.

Despite having happened a day before the BDF day, Phatshwane says the BDF day mishap did not really affect the BDF day preparations, although it emotionally distracted Manyuni’s flying formation squad a bit, having seen him break away from the formation to the stone-hearted ground. The team soldiered on and immediately reported back to base for advice and way forward, according to Phatshwane.

Sharing the details of the ordeal and his Pilots’ experiences, Phatshwane said: “they (pilots) were in distress, who wouldn’t? They were especially hurt by the deceased‘s lack of communication. I immediately called a chaplain to attend to their emotional needs.

He came and offered them counselling. But soldiers don’t cry, they immediately accepted that a warrior has been called, wiped off their tears and instantly reported back for duty. I am sure you saw them performing miracles the following day at the BDF day as arranged.”

Despite the matter having attracted wide publicity, the BDF kept the crash details a distance away from the public, a move that Phatshwane felt was not in the best interest of the army and public.

“The incident attracted overwhelming public attention. Not only that, there were some misconceptions attached to the incident and I thought it was upon the BDF to come out and address those for the benefit of the public and army’s reputation,” he said.

One disturbing narrative linked to the incident was that Manyuni heroically wrestled the ‘faulty’ aircraft away from the endangered public to die alone, a narrative which Phatshwane disputes as just people’s imaginations. “Like I said the Aircraft was functioning perfectly,” he responded.

A close family member has hinted that the traumatised Manyuni family, at the time of their son’s tragedy, strongly accused the BDF ‘of killing their son’. Phatshwane admits to this development, emphasising that “Manyuni’s mother was visibly and understandably in inconsolable pain when she uttered those words”.

Phatshwane was the one who had to travel to Rakops through the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) aircraft to deliver the sad news to the family but says he found the family already in the know, through social media. At the time of his death, Manyuni was survived by both parents, two brothers, a sister, fiancée and one child. He was buried in Rakops in an emotionally-charged burial. Like his remains, the BDF fighter jets have been permanently rested.

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Uphill battle in Khama’s quest to charge Hubona

5th May 2021

A matter in which former President Lt Gen Ian Khama had brought before Broadhurst Police Station in Gaborone, requesting the State to charge Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) lead investigator, Jako Hubona and others with perjury has been committed to Headquarters because it involves “elders.” 

Broadhurst Police Station Commander, Obusitswe Lokae, told this publication this week that the case in its nature is high profile so the matter has been allocated to his Officer Commanding No.3 District who then reported to the Divisional Commander who then sort to commit it to Police Headquarters.

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