Former cabinet minister, Ramadeluka Seretse has turned downed the opportunity to contest the coming general elections under the newly formed Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) because he could not agree terms with their demands.
Seretse had warmed-up to the idea of joining the BPF, but the clash emerged when the leadership of the BPF did not want him to bring along his council candidates as well. Seretse revealed his position during a rally in Motetshwane Ward in Serowe North constituency this week. “I have gone a long way with my council candidates campaigning in my constituency, we have already branded ourselves and I cannot leave them alone and contest under BPF,” said Seretse.
“BPF Secretary General, Roseline Panzirah-Matshome told me that Serowe North Constituency is causing confusion. The party want only me to contest under BPF not my council candidates. It is not fair.” He said moving to BPF leaving council candidates will mean a loss to him in 2019 general elections as his electorates will lose trust on him and vote for another candidate.
The former Minister of Defence, Justice and Security claimed that when he visited Serule, Gojwane, Topisi, Paje Tshimoyapula while on campaign, the resident told him that since BPF denied their residents to contest under the party they are not going to vote for the party, and urged him to remain independent.
Seretse indicated that during the feud between Lt Gen Ian Khama and his successor President Mokgwetsi Masisi, Khama told him that during 2019 general elections he is going to influence his followers to vote for UDC, but he advised him to form a new party. “I, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Foster Seretse, Prince Moitoi and Mojakgomo [Ronald] were the first people to help form the party and Dr Moitoi drafted the party constitution,’’ he said.
‘’I had an influential voice during Kanye to cancel elective congress. I was surprised when the party decided again to hold it in Palapye. Khama did the biggest mistake to let the party hold elective congress before general elections as I advised him.” Seretse is of the view that the BPF leadership is causing confusion and that they do not respect electorates.
“They take decision without consulting them [members] as they have concluded to field Serowe North Parliamentary candidate, Baratiwa Mathoothe without consulting the constituents. This is going to give BDP a chance to win the constituency due to split of votes,” he said. He expressed displeasure that BPF leadership is using Khama, saying they only make decisions without consultation on the basis that wherever BPF is contesting, it is going to win because of Khama.
According to Seretse, BPF decided to discuss other issues with other opposition parties at the exclusion independent candidates who are supporting Khama. He pointed out that Khama trust him very well, revealing that he is the one who recruited him to politics in 2003. After winning general elections in 2004, former President Festus Mogae appointed him Minister of Lands and Housing. During Khama’s term he served as Minister of Defence, Justice and Security.
Even after losing 2014 general elections, Seretse said Khama wanted to appoint him Specially Elected MP but he declined. Seretse, who is cousin to Khama also stated that the latter offered him the leadership of a commission in Lesotho, but again he declined to take-up the post. Seretse, who was once considered heir to Khama’s presidency, said it will be not surprising for Khama to offer him support even if when he is not contesting under BPF because he has trust on him.
Information gathered suggest that Seretse became a target for opposing elective congress in Kanye. In response, his detractors in the BPF are contemplating fielding a candidate but the party will not do the same with Prince Maele, who is also contesting as an independent candidate. A highly placed source from BPF said BPF Deputy Treasurer Robert Maribe who is BPF council candidate in Motetshwane Ward in Serowe North has vowed to de-campaign Seretse for opposing elective congress in Kanye.
WeekendPost has been informed that Maribe is going around the ward telling electorates that they should not vote for council independent candidate, Mojakgomo and Seretse because they are still linked with BDP and are not members of BPF. According to informants, this has caused confusion as older people were of the understanding that they are voting for both independent candidates who supports Khama and who they are sure that they are going to join BPF after general elections.
The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.
The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.
The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.
This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.
Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.