In a reverting twist in the central district politics, Member of Parliament for Serowe South, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s husband, Prince Moitoi is contesting for Serowe South constituency under Sidney Pilane’s Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD).
He had dumped his party BMD to join Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and he is now back towards general elections as a parliamentary candidate. He was among BDP members who persuaded former president, Dr Ian Khama to form the new kid on Botswana politics, Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) and now things have twisted in a different direction. He is parliamentary candidate in a constituency which is currently held by his wife, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi of the ruling BDP.
He was also leading the organizing team during Khama’s meeting when he consulted his tribe on his intensions to leave BDP. Information gathered suggests that Moitoi wanted to contest under Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) and now that Lesedi Leepetswe had expressed interest before him he will not try his luck under BMD.
In an interview Moitoi revealed that he helped Khama to organize his meetings doing that for his tribe so that Khama could tell his tribe his future plans, intentions and relationships with the BDP. He said he played a role on several issues that were there at the time and that does not necessarily mean that he belongs to Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF). Moitoi further said he never had the interest in joining BPF.
THE KHAMA BDP FALLOUT
Price Moitoi is seen by some as one of the politicians who wants to cash from the Khama/BDP fallout. He had hoped that he will be endorsed to represent the BPF in the constituency but things have not gone according to his wish. Political analyst Lesole Lechacha said what is happening currently in Botswana politics is not new referring it as political transfer window. He said what is different now is that a lot of sitting councilors and those who are in party structures are resigning.
Lechacha said the formation of BPF would show where others members loyalty lies noting that the influence of chieftainship always has a negative impact on parties which oppose their chief in their areas. The political analyst said BDP should revisit and remarket BDP in CDC stressing that if they don’t approach members on what led to the formation of the party they might lose those areas.
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.