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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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Fighting vulture poisoning in KAZA region.

3rd February 2023
As a response to avert vulture poisoning currently going on in Botswana and KAZA region, Birdlife Botswana has collaborated with three other partners (BirdWatch Zambia, BirdLife International & Birdlife Zimbabwe) to tackle wildlife poisoning which by extension negatively affect vulture populations.

The Director of Birdlife Botswana, Motshereganyi Virat Kootshositse has revealed in an interview that the project which is funded by European Union’s main goal is to reduce poisoning related vultures’ death and consequently other wildlife species death within the KAZA region.

He highlighted that Chobe district in Botswana has been selected as a pilot site as it has experienced rampant incidents of vulture poisoning for the past few months. In August this year at least 50 endangered white backed vultures were reported dead at Chobe National Park, Botswana after feeding on a buffalo carcass laced with poison.  In November this year again 43 white backed vultures were found dead and two alive after feeding on a zebra suspected to have poisoned.  Other selected pilots’ sites are Kafue in Zambia and Hwange in Zimbabwe.

Kootshositse further explained they have established a national and regional Wildlife Poisoning Committee. He added that as for the national committee they have engaged various departments such as Crop Productions, Agro Chemicals, Department of Veterinary Services, Department of Wildlife and National Parks and other NGOs such as Raptors Botswana to come together and find a long-lasting solution to address wildlife poisoning in Botswana. ‘Let’s have a strategy or a plan together to tackle wildlife poisoning,’ he stated

He also decried that there is gap in the availability of data about vulture poisoning or wildlife in general. ‘If we have a central point for data, it will help in terms of reporting and advocacy’, he stated

He added that the regional committee comprises of law enforcement officers such as BDF and Botswana police, village leadership such as Village Development Committee and Kgosi. ‘We need to join hand together and protect the wildlife we have as this will increase our profile for conservation and this alone enhances our visitation and boost our local economy,’ he noted

Kootshositse noted that Birdlife together with DWNP also addressed series of meeting in some villages in the Chobe region recently. The purpose of kgotla meetings was to raise awareness on the conservation and protection of vultures in Chobe West communities.

‘After realizing that vulture poisoning in the Chobe areas become frequent, we realise that we need to do something about it.  ‘We did a public awareness by addressing several kgotla meetings in some villages in the Chobe west,’ he stated

He noted that next year they are going to have another round of consultations around the Chobe areas and the approach is to engage the community into planning process. ‘Residents should be part of the plan of actions and we are working with farmers committee in the areas to address vulture poisoning in the area, ‘he added

He added that they have found out that some common reasons for poisoning wildlife are farmers targeting predators such as lions in retaliation to killing of their livestock. Another common incident cross border poaching in the Chobe area as poachers will kills an elephant and poison its carcass targeting vultures because of their aerial circling alerting authorities about poaching activities.

Kootshositse noted that in the last cases it was disheartening the incidents occurred three months apart. He added that for the first time they found that some of the body parts of some vultures were missing. He added harvesting of body parts of vultures is not a common practice in Botswana, although it is used in some parts of Africa. ‘We suspect that someone took advantage of the availability of carcasses and started harvesting their body parts,’

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Giant in the making: Everton Mlalazi

3rd February 2023

The music industry is at a point where artists are jostling for space because there are so many aspirants trying to get their big break, thus creating stiff competition.

In the music business it’s about talent and positioning. You need to be at the right place at the right time with the right people around you to propel you forward.
Against all odds, Everton Mlalazi has managed to takeover the gospel scene effortlessly.
To him, it’s more than just a breakthrough to stardom, but a passion as well as mission directly appointed by the Lord.

Within a short space of 2 years after having decided to persue a solo career, Mlalazi has already made it into international music scene, with his music receiving considerable play on several gospel television and radio stations in Botswana including other regional stations like Trace Africa, One Gospel, Metro FM in South Africa, Hope FM in Kenya and literally all broadcast stations in Zimbabwe.

It doesn’t only stop there, as the musician has already been nominated 2 times and 2 awards which are Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) best Male artists 2022, StarFM listerners Choice Award, Best Newcomer 2021 and ZIMA Best Contemporary Gospel 2022, MLA awards Best Male artist & Best Gospel Artist 2022.

Everton’s inspiration stems from his ultimate passion and desire to lead people into Godly ways and it seems it’s only getting started.
The man is a gospel artist to put on your radar.

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African countries call on WHO to increase funding

2nd February 2023

Minister of Health Dr Edwin Dikoloti says Africa member states call on World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure equitable resource allocation for 2024-2025. Dr Dikoloti was speaking this week at the WHO Executive Board Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

He said countries agreed that there is need to address the budget and funding imbalances by increasing the programme budget share of countries and regions to 75% for the next year.

“The proposed budget for 2024-2025 marks an important milestone as it is the first in Programme Budget in which country offices will be allocated more than half of the total budget for the biennium. We highly welcome this approach which will enable the organization to deliver on its mandate while fulfilling the expectations for transparency, efficiency and accountability.”

The Botswana Health Minister commended member states on the extension of the General Programme of Work (GPD 13) and the Secretariat work to monitor the progress towards the triple billion targets, and the health-related SDGs.

“We welcome the Director’s general proposed five priorities which have crystalized into the “five Ps” that are aligned with the GPW 13 extension. Impact can only be achieved through close coordination with, and support to national health authorities. As such, the strengthening of country offices is instrumental, with particular focus on strengthening national health systems and on promoting more equitable access to health services.”

According to Dr Dikoloti, the majority of countries with UHC index that is below the global median are in the WHO Africa region. “For that, we call on the WHO to enhance capacity at the regional and national levels in order to accelerate progress. Currently, the regional office needs both technical and financial support in order to effectively address and support country needs.”

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