Bangwaketse tribesmen have yesterday [Friday] distanced themselves from partisan politics especially Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) and former President Lt Gen Ian Khama.
This comes after close to 12 herd men last week Saturday met Khama and some BPF high ranking officials at Maharaj in Gaborone. The tribal leaders who came to Gaborone in a combi say they were tricked by one of their own who said Kgosikgolo [paramount chief] arranged a lunch for them. The thought by the headmen was that Kgosikgolo referred to was Kgosi Malope of Bangwaketse. But to their surprise they learnt while enroute to Gaborone that they were to meet Bangwato paramount chief Lt Gen Ian Khama.
Although the deputy paramount chief Kgosi Telekelo did not furnish Bangwaketse with information concerning those who thronged the meeting yesterday, information reaching this publication is that, at the luncheon there was a deal proposed to the tribesman. “The deal was for each Kgosi to bring a sizeable number of their subjects to the BPF launch, with the Khama promising them a certain amount,” one headman told this publication on the sidelines of the meeting.
It is said after learning about this bromance the tribal leadership comprised mostly of senior members of the tribe convened a meeting to understand the cause. On Thursday this week, sources say was the day when the perpetrators faced the leadership to explain what happened. “The long and short side of the story is our headman were tricked. They thought they were going to meet Malope but they met someone different and we have reprimanded them and we plead with some of you not to dare do the same. As Bogosi we are not supposed to be partisan,” Kgosi Telekelo told the tribe who came in satisfying numbers.
The meeting however did not say anything regarding today’s BPF launch as they said they do not want to entertain any partisan conversation. BPF is having its inaugural congress in Kanye today, where it will among others unveil its colours and slogan as well as election of the leadership.
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.