President Mokgweetsi Masisi is torn between his number one enemy former Presidents, Lt Gen Ian Khama and Festus Mogae, as pressure mounts from his inner circle to revoke some of entitlements of former presidents.
If he is to amend the Act which was altered in 2017 to appease Khama, it will naturally affect Mogae’s entitlements. Sources within the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) have revealed that some democrats have been mounting pressure on the President to revoke some of Khama’s benefits. What they find ironical in the history of Botswana is the perpetual use of the luxurious official government vehicles bearing the BX number plates by the former President in opposition party events.
After resigning from the ruling BDP at a consultative meeting in Serowe almost two months back, former President Khama joined the newly formed Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF), a party he facilitated its formation, as a Patron. In a bizarre turn of events, Khama arrived to a swarming crowd at Kanye during the BPF launch in his luxurious black Lexus, something which irked members of the ruling party.
The contention is that now that he joined opposition, the Khama should not be allowed to use official government vehicles bearing the BX number plates on opposition events. Former Presidents’ benefits provides that a former president be afforded an official transportation and it does not indicate any limitations as to where they go and in extension which event they attend.
Sometime in June this year, Masisi upon his arrival from an international trip in the United States, apologised to the nation for what he termed ‘wrongly amending the former Presidents Benefits Act’ to please Khama. Masisi in his capacity as the former Vice President then and leader of the house which dispersed at midnights, is the custodian and champion of the new Act. President Masisi was quoted in one of the local newspapers saying, at the time opposition parties warned against the idea to please Khama but he and other BDP MPs turned a blind eye.
"I owe you and the opposition an apology. We made a mistake on Khama. We apologise for not listening to the opposition. It is sad. We thought it would never be like this. We thought the assurance that once I (in reference to Khama) am allowed to work I will not destabilize the government, and this is a total somersault."
He reiterated that: "We made a mistake on the passing of the amendments to the former Presidents Benefits Act. We made a mistake taking it that when the Presidents retired they will not work. If they did their benefits were to be withdrawn; work is much influence." He also revealed that had they not made the "big mistake, we would be withdrawing all benefits for former President Khama if he works because he is retired and should not be working as per the previous retired Presidents Benedict Act."
He further stated that: "We made a very big mistake. I am the first to admit it, a very big mistake. Because if that leverage was still there we would withdraw all the benefits that former President Khama has for engaging in politics again because he has retired." A close source to the developments indicated that Masisi find himself fighting a bitter end; if he goes on to satisfy himself and impress his democrats, Mogae will become collateral damage.
Mogae, though he has not entangled himself in the Masisi-Khama feud, he has at the beginning of the fallout of the duo criticised for Khama for being divisive. The issue of former presidents’ benefits, if tampered with, may make Masisi prone to be used by former president, sources have indicated.Masisi has been warned that should he go on with the decision, he will also lose big if he loses the general elections to the opposition in October. “This was initially his intention, now he finds himself in a dilemma and he is very indecisive,” said the source.
DJ Bafana, a talented DJ from Francistown, is gearing up to host his very own one-man show, a groundbreaking event that aims to not only showcase his skills but also empower fellow musicians. This ambitious project is currently in the planning stages, with DJ Bafana actively seeking out potential sponsors to help bring his vision to life.
In a recent interview with WeekendPost, DJ Bafana revealed that he is in talks with two potential venues, Limpopo Gardens and Molapo Leisure Gardens, to host his show. However, he is facing challenges in securing sponsorships from companies, particularly those who do not fully understand the importance of music-related events. Despite this setback, DJ Bafana remains determined to make his one-man show a reality and to use it as a platform to empower and support other artists in the industry.
What sets DJ Bafana’s show apart is the fact that he will be making history as the first person living with a disability to host a one-man show in Botswana. This milestone is a testament to his resilience and determination to break barriers and pave the way for others in similar situations. By showcasing his talent and passion for music, DJ Bafana is not only proving his worth as an artist but also inspiring others to pursue their dreams, regardless of any obstacles they may face.
As DJ Bafana continues to work towards making his one-man show a reality, he remains focused on his goal of empowering and uplifting his fellow musicians. Through his dedication and perseverance, he is setting an example for others to follow and showing that anything is possible with hard work and determination. The date for the show is yet to be announced, but one thing is for certain – DJ Bafana’s one-man show is sure to be a memorable and inspiring event for all who attend.
Radio Personality Tebogo Sekgoma affectionately known as Lady of Soul is determined to keep pursuing her ambitions vigorously, in spite of hurdles and stumbling blocks.
In an exclusive interview with this publication, Sekgoma divulged that she is working on her memoir. Although she won’t reveal much, the broadcast veteran said she will essentially be telling the story of her life.
The former Sunday Live host is also serving as a board member (Secretary General) at Botswana Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (BABPS). She is actively involved in advocating for the rights of the visually impaired, a hiccup she refused to succumb to.
The new Disability Law in Botswana is a significant step towards ensuring the rights and inclusion of persons living with disabilities in the country. This act, which was passed into law on the 11th of December 2023, is a reflection of Botswana’s commitment to upholding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
One of the key provisions of the act is the prohibition of discrimination against persons with disabilities in work-related matters. This means that employers will no longer be able to discriminate against individuals based on their disability when it comes to hiring, promotion, or any other aspect of employment. This is a crucial step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all.
The act also establishes a National Disability Council, which will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the act and ensuring that the rights of persons with disabilities are protected. This council will play a vital role in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities and ensuring that they have equal access to opportunities in all areas of life.
In addition to prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, the act also sets out disability standards that must be adhered to by employers and other entities. These standards are designed to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to access the same opportunities and services as everyone else, without facing any barriers or discrimination.
Furthermore, the act provides for actions plans to be developed to address the needs of persons with disabilities, as well as administrative penalties and fines for those who fail to comply with the provisions of the act. This sends a clear message that discrimination against persons with disabilities will not be tolerated in Botswana.
Overall, the new Disability Law in Botswana is a positive step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all. By prohibiting discrimination in the workplace and setting out clear standards for the treatment of persons with disabilities, this act will help to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their abilities, have the opportunity to fully participate in society.