Former President Lt Gen Ian Khama has responded to the recent utterances by President Mokgweetsi Masisi calling for his return to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), saying cabinet ministers are making it impossible due to their continued ‘’attacks and insults” on him and his family.
Masisi had called for Khama to return to the BDP during the Gaborone Bonnington North parliamentary candidate launch last weekend, arguing that the opposition is ‘using him and they do not like him.’ Khama however is not impressed by Masisi’s demeanour, calling it ‘unfortunate and misleading the nation’ because he is contradicting what his Ministers are preaching. Khama is of the view that if at all there was any likelihoods of him returning to BDP and reconciling with President Masisi, then the current cabinet is making it unattainable by their continued attack and insults on his family.
“Ba a mo senyetsa ene Masisi [They are spoiling everything for him],” Khama told WeekendPost. Khama also took a swipe at Masisi for going public at rallies without addressing him first. He said such statements are only aimed at misleading the nation because Masisi refused to meet him several times when Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director General Brigadier Peter Magosi tried to mediate and called for the meeting between the two.
According to Khama it is Masisi who refused on all accounts while he was willing to meet him. Khama, who is the Patron of the newly formed Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) said Masisi’s statements came in as a shock and confusing because he cannot be preaching the opposite of his cabinet. According to Khama this is another one of their untruths saying this is not a genuine call from President Masisi.
A few weeks ago both Khama and his young brother Tshekedi Khama lashed at BDP for not reprimanding Member of Parliament for Sefhare-Ramokgonami Dorcas Makgato who allegedly made remarks that were viewed and interpreted as foul language undermining their father and BDP founder, the late Sir Seretse Khama. The former President called on the party to take action against Makgato or else her utterances represent the position of the party but BDP has remained silent on the matter.
Responding to some comments that were uttered by Makgato, Khama said they are angry as a family and disappointed in someone of Makgato’s position to insult their parents. “This goes even beyond the BDP. When you visit other countries my father tend to be held in high esteem and clearly this woman does not feel the same way.”
Khama continued: “She said what she said wearing BDP colours, at a BDP press conference, as a BDP Chairperson of the BDP Women’s Wing and a minister in the BDP government. So she was actually speaking on behalf of the BDP when she said that.” Earlier in an interview with this publication former President Ian Khama had indicated that a return to the ruling BDP is possible in future even though he could not tell the time frames.
Khama said he could not return now because their agenda is to unseat Masisi and his team of untrustworthy Ministers. Khama also made it public that he will in due course undertake his powers and influence as Paramount Chief of Ga- MmaNgwato to cajole his younger brother Tshekedi Khama to join the newly formed party Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF). Tshekedi was among the MPs who were expected to join BPF soon after its formation but Tshekedi has preferred to keep his ministerial position under Mokgweetsi Masisi’s government.
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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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.”