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Death row inmate dares Masisi

Mooketsi Kgosibadiba, murder convict has made an application to the Gaborone High Court demanding for vacation of his death sentence requesting that it be substituted with a prison term.

Kgosibadiba was sentenced to death at the Francistown High Court by Justice Moesi for the gruesome murder of his employer Benjamin Mokobela in 2012 and was condemned to death by Justice Moesi of the Francistown High Court in 2017. In an urgent application filed through his attorney Malcom Gobhoza of Gobhoza Attorneys, he submitted that his client being on death constitutes an inordinate delay in executing him and therefore a contravention of his human rights as guaranteed by the constitution of Botswana which reads; “no one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading punishment or other treatment.”

Gobhoza stressed that due to the resulting circumstances they seek an order setting aside the death sentence and/or alternatively vacation of the death sentence and substituting it with a prison term. He further submitted, “we therefore give your office 30 days’ notice in terms of the state proceedings act.”

In his affidavit, inmate Kgosibadiba howled that as a convict of murder as adjudged by the High Court and Court of Appeal, its result has left him confined in the loneliness of secluded cells since the confirmation of his death sentence by the Court of Appeal through its judgement handed down in July, 2018.

“I state that ever since confirmation of the death sentence against me by the Court of Appeal in 2018, I have always lived with certain knowledge that I stand to be hanged at any moment of any day as and when the relevant authorities may decide,” held Kgosibadiba.
He laments that however, up to this date he remains alive albeit the agony of being a death row inmate wherefore constantly subjected to immense stressful mental and emotional torture and degrading treatment.

The treatment which he describes in his extensive affidavit as both indescribable and inhuman by virtue of the inordinate delay by the relevant authorities in carrying out the death penalty on him. “I aver that such inordinate delay is not of any wrong doing by myself neither have I caused or participated in the said delay.”

Despite this urgent application Gobhoza and his client state that they have been informed by receiving officers whose details were not disclosed, that Kgosibadiba was the next death sentence candidate and is to be executed at any moment. In conclusion of their application, the accused wants the court to give him a chance to argue on the matter. “My attorneys have advised that I have good prospects of success on a constitutional matter,” elaborating that failure to argue this matter will prejudice his intention to seek for a stay of execution and interim interdict against the respondents pending the determination of the main application that is to be filed.

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

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.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021
LAWRENCE-OOKEDITSE

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.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

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.

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