A plot to paralyse Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) collapsed during the 11th hour, this before nominations of candidates for 2019 general elections failed to materialise as some would-be defectors developed cold feet. Tshekedi Khama was the only MP who fulfilled the promise among other MPs defecting from BDP to Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF).
BPF parliamentary candidate for Serowe West, Tshekedi Khama revealed during BPF rally in Palapye, launching a scathing attack on Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development, Philip Makgalemele and Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Moiseraele Goya. He rebuked Makgalemele and Goya and some BDP members who he did not mention by name, for failing to fulfil their promises to dump BDP in favour of BPF. Tshekedi said since they are from Central District, he will teach them a political lesson as they will not return back to parliament.
He continued to accuse the two BDP MPs of being greedy. Tshekedi, who expressed his disappointment at the duo, alleged that they could have been bribed in the form of money and promised some goodies. Tshekedi said through BPF and UDC cooperation, the duo will succumb to defeat. “They are used to driving black air conditioned government vehicles and they are afraid to change their lifestyle and they have never contacted me ever since I joined BPF,’’ he said. He expressed concern that he and Tourism Minister, Kitso Mokaila had been friends since 1966 and their relationship has not been the same since.
He accused Mokaila of failing to attend to wildlife management, noting that animals are slaughtered by poachers because government took guns from wildlife officers meant to deal with poachers. Tshekedi said his friend Mokaila was afraid to seek advice from him because he is afraid that President Mokgeetsi Masisi would drop him from cabinet. Dr Kolaatamo Malefho is parliamentary candidate for Palapye constituency, will face Goya in Wednesday polls. Meanwhile in Shoshong, Makgalemele will face UDC candidate Aubrey Lesaso, who enjoys the support of BPF Patron, Lt Gen Ian Khama.
The outgoing President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ian Kirby, shares his thoughts with us as he leaves the Bench at the end of this year.
WeekendPost: Why did you move between the Attorney General and the Bench?
Ian Kirby: I was a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers three times- first in 1969 as Assistant State Counsel, then in 1990 as Deputy Attorney General (Civil), and finally in 2004 as Attorney General. I was invited in 2000 by the late Chief Justice Julian Nganunu to join the Bench. I was persuaded by former President Festus Mogae to be his Attorney General in 2004 as, he said, it was my duty to do so to serve the nation. I returned to the Judiciary as soon as I could – in May 2006, when there was a vacancy on the High Court Bench.
Botswana’s civil society is one of the non-state actors that could save the country’s democracy from sliding into regression, a Germany based think tank has revealed. This is according to a discussion paper by researchers at the German Development Institute who analysed the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes In Botswana.
In the paper titled “E-government and democracy in Botswana: Observational and experimental evidence on the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes,” the researchers offer a strongly worded commentary on Botswana’s ‘flawed democracy.’ The authors noted that with Botswana’s Parliament structurally – and in practice – feeble, the potential for checks and balances on executive power rests with the judiciary.
Bangwato in Serowe — where Bamagwato Paramount Chief and former President Lt. Gen Ian Khama originates – disagree on whether they must send a delegation to dialogue with President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s family in Moshupa. Just last week, a meeting was called by the Regent of Bamagwato, Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane, at Serowe Kgotla to, among others, update the tribe on the whereabouts of their Kgosi (Khama).
Further, his state of health was also discussed, with Kgamane telling the attendees that all is well with Khama. The main reason for the meeting was to deliberate on the escalating tension between Khama and Masisi — a three-year bloodletting going unabated.