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Guma set to return to Botswana

The ‘self-exiled’ Member of Parliament for Tati East Samson Moyo Guma is expected to return back to his seat and be part of the law making squad inside the August house when it resumes next month after a ‘successful three months outside the country,’ Weekendpost has learnt.

This publication is reliably informed by impeccable sources that Guma’s return ticket has already been bought and it is a matter of time before he touches down in his native country. For now, sources say, there is no hurry for him to return because there is no any pressing matter forcing him to come but he will wait for the parliamentary session in July to come with full-force and make his presence known. This will be a strategic move after-all, informants say.

Guma fled this country in March claiming to have received a tip-off about a plan to assassinate him. Guma then told this publication that he was tipped by security agents to go for safety and also revealed that he had informed the speaker of the National assembly about this development. The National assembly speaker Gladys Kokorwe confirmed that Moyo was one of the legislators who absconded from parliament and that he sent a notification saying that his life was in danger.

It later came out that Guma was fleeing his Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) flames where the taxman wanted to repossess some of his goods as it is said he was a tax dodger. It was also revealed that the Directorate of Intelligence services (DIS) wanted him to account for P30 million he got from different bank through his company United Refineries Botswana Holdings (URB).

Having gone for three months in which a lot of dynamics played out including his expulsion from his own Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Guma is said to have been watching events as they unfold with keen interest. In fact, reports say, Guma deep down his heart know what he fled from Botswana and has been working on it abroad.

“In short he has been negotiating with donors around the world to assist him to clear off his debts that the state could use to deter him from contesting elections in October and possibly close his business for good. But he has been working smart that side and as soon as July he will be in the country preparing for elections,” a highly placed source told this publication last week.

Sources however though privy to information could not share with this publication Guma’s donors but rather said; “they are good Samaritans from South Africa and Zimbabwe who would like to see him back in parliament.” When contacted to comment on these matters, Guma said: “I was saying I don’t give interviews. I will, when I am back which won’t be long.”

Guma according to those privy to information says he will use the same script used by Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) leader Duma Boko. “You don’t have to carry the money because it will arouse a lot of questions which could make someone un-comfortable. So all the monies raised will remain outside and transaction will happen between two countries from central bank to another,” says a source.

This is taken as a hybrid masterstroke plan that would feed those who want to destroy Guma’s political career a humble pie. “You just ask them how much you owe then let the bank (outside) to make payment and that way I can assure you there will be no reason for you to be arrested. That’s what Boko did when BURS harassed him akere,” added the source.

Guma who is in constant talks with former President Lt Gen Ian Khama regarding the local political terrain should come to raise awareness about the new political party (Botswana Patriotic Front). “He (Khama) and Biggie [Butale] want him, he knows Guma’s potential and would like to carry out political rallies together especially in North eastern part where he commands a huge following,” says another source this week.

Ever since fleeing the country, Tati East constituents have lamented his absence and eventually BDP expelled him from the party and it is still struggling to find his replacement. This, observers believe still swings the pendulum in favour of Guma who first won the constituency in 2004. Guma was expelled for tarnishing Vice President Slumber Tsogwane’s name where he accused VP for conspiring with opposition figure to win Guma’s constituency. Secondly he was facing transgression of being the ring leader of dissenting members of the party who attended the infamous Serowe meeting which was not called by an ‘established organ of the party therefore in illegitimate as per Article 43.5 of the party constitution’.

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