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’.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.