Paramount Chief of Batwana Kgosi Tawana Moremi II will next month call a lebatla at Kgotla Kgolo in Maun to seek mandate on endorsement for a political successor in the coming 2019 General Elections.
Tawana completes his second five-year term as Member of Parliament for Maun West constituency where he registered a resounding margin befitting of a paramount chief in 2009 and 2014 elections. In the local Setswana setting and context, the institution of bogosi (chieftainship) has become very influential and a crucial power player in the local polity. Tawana told WeekendPost that: “as you know, I am completing my five-year term this week. Then I will immediately be travelling to Maun to meet with the contestants who want to succeed me.”
He continued: “I will sit with all those people, all those candidates, and find which is which and who I can support.” If they need my support I will do it publicly, Tawana stressed. According to Tawana, he has not been following their campaigns and so he does not know where they are. So, he said, since he does not know what is in it for him, he has to sit with them and take a position. “But I say of today, I don’t know which one to support.”
The Batawana paramount chief emphasised that “let me get to home base first. So I know who is doing what and what are their story is. After that I will come up with a position.” Maun West constituency has so far attracted three names being Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Dumelang Saleshando, who lost Gaborone Central in 2014 to Dr Phenyo Butale of the then UDC, now Alliance for Progressives (AP).
The other contestant is BDP’s Reaboka Mbulawa, a one-time loser to Tawana who is trying his luck for the second time as well in the area, and lastly the Alliance for Progressive’s (AP) Moalosi Sebati the first timer. In 2014 National Elections, Tawana won Maun West representing UDC with a whopping 7271, followed by 5335 votes cast for Botswana Democratic Party (BDP)’s Reaboka Mbulawa. George Lubinda of Botswana Congress Party (BCP) came last with 2359.
Prior to that, in 2009 General Elections, Tawana then standing in for ruling BDP also emerged triumphant with a victory margin of 2,496 votes. But parliament and politics have proved over the two terms for Tawana not to be as ingenious as he had thought, the move which saw him eventually announcing earlier this year that he will not seek re-election in the upcoming 2019 general elections – paving way for others.
In his stint in politics, Kgosi Tawana joined the BDP and later in 2011 defected to its splinter party, Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) and subsequently contesting the 2014 general elections under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) banner. Meanwhile, Kgosi Tawana has an ongoing battle with government over the ownership of Moremi Game reserve which he wants the community to benefit from.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.
In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.
While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.
Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.
Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.