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’.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.