Former President Lt Gen Ian Khama has assured members of Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) that he will use his powers and influence as Paramount Chief of Bangwato to cajole his younger brother Tshekedi Khama to join the new party.
Khama made this remarks during a political rally held on Thursday to welcome three councilors from Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) who joined BPF in Serowe South constituency yesterday. ‘’Next week I will visit Serowe west constituency to ask them whether they still want Tshekedi in Botswana Democratic Party and ask permission from them to bring Tshekedi to BPF. If they still want him in BDP it will be complicated. It is time for Tshekedi to leave BDP,’’ Khama said.
Tshekedi was among the MPs who were expected to join BPF soon after its formation but Tshekedi has preffered to keep his ministerial positon under Mokgweetsi Masisi’s government. He said councilors; Solomon Dikgang , Atamelang Thaga , Nametsagang Omphile from Serowe North , Serowe South , and Serowe West constituencies joined BPF last Friday because they are afraid of what is happening in the BDP, noting that there are more problems in it.
However, he said he is surprised by some BDP members who are being used by the party leadership promising them positions in return. Khama indicated Tebelelo Seretse who is from Serowe as one of them. “Seretse lost primary elections and she is being used by the party promising her nomination in return. The president is the only one entitled to nominate but after general elections they will be no president in BDP, he revealed.’’
Khama said as he was appointed the champion of Vision 2036 patron a title they have since revoked. “I don’t care whether they take all the titles from me, the fact remains that I am paramount chief of Bangwato, the title which is permanent and pensionable. It is not the presidency which is temporary,’’ he remarked. He implored Serowe South electorates to vote for honest people and promised them to visit them again before general elections to remind them again.
He cautioned members of BPF that fights should remain in BDP, noting that he dislikes people who are only interested in positions but not interested in improving lives of their citizens. He said the party will sought out Serowe South issue to decide who should contest for parliamentary seat. Khama said the party will be supporting only two independent parliamentary candidates and said that in other constituencies and wards, the party leadership had to sit down and select one candidate to contest for council and parliamentary seats.
He promised that in October he will correct his mistakes, working together with UDC to unseat the ruling party. Khama accused, Carter Morupisi, Permanent Secretary to the President for directing civil servants not to cover his events. Khama also travelled to Sefhare/Ramokgonami to give support to UDC’s Dr Kesetegile Gobotswang, who is contesting against cabinet minister Dorcas Makgato.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.