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Lotlaamoreng heads to BDP

Umbrella for Democratic Party (UDC) Member of Parliament (MP) Good Hope Mabule and Barolong paramount Chief Lotlaamoreng Montshioa II is on his way to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

Weekend Post has it on good authority that Lotlaamoreng has been promised an ambassadorial position and undisclosed huge sums of cash. The Barolong Kgosi was recruited by the BDP Chairman and Vice President Slumber Tsogwane as well as BDP candidate for Good Hope Mabule and Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Eric Molale. Confidential phone call audios passed to Weekend Post by highly placed sources indicate that all stakes are high for “Tholo” to follow the party in the next few days.

In the clip, Lotlaamoreng confirmed having “met with Slumber Tsogwane who promised him all that as well as his former contender, Molale.” Speaking with his associates during brief consultation, Lotlaamoreng seems all set to join the ruling party. “Yes, I am joining the BDP. They say they are rewarding me with the ambassadorship position. I am telling you.” He added: “Gape ba rile ke nne ke tlhola ka fa tlase ga dustbin gore a ga ise ba beye sepe teng” loosely translated as “they (BDP) said I should keep on checking under the dustbin to see if they haven’t put something (cash) up there for me as promised.”

Some believe that possibly they want to expose him, Maele style, the same way in which legislator for Lerala/Maunatlala’s home dust bin was found last year with hard cash amounting to P50 000 by the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) and Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). It is still unclear as to who put the cash there and for what purposes.

This publication can confirm that Lotlaamoreng had this week informed some of his trusted lieutenants in the constituency and also informed the Umbrella for Democratic Change top politburo including spokesperson Moeti Mohwasa about his imminent departure. It is understood that by 4pm yesterday (Friday), Lotlaamoreng was supposed to meet with some unidentified officials at the Office of the President.

According to the clip, Lotlaamoreng is also expected to fly in the same aircraft with the BDP Chairman and Vice President Tsogwane who is being launched this weekend (Sunday) at Rakops, Boteti West constituency. Indications suggest that the ex-Good Hope Mabule law maker will also be officially welcomed into the BDP fold at the event. At the time of going to press, some concerned UDC members however has told him not to join the BDP but the one time law maker sounded adamant to do go ahead, despite an opposition from some of his inner circle.

In the clip, some of his inner circle reminded him how the party dumped one Robert Molefabangwe after recruiting him into the party with loads of promises as well, most of which did not materialise. Reached for a comment, UDC Spokesperson Mohwasa claimed ignorant of his imminent departure. He however confirmed that indeed the BDP have been talking to Lotlaamoreng for a long time and therefore it would not be surprising: “there are on a desperate move,” he stated. Lotlaamoreng will not contest the 2019 general elections, having paved way for UDC’s Dr Patrick Mmulutsi to battle it out with BDP’s Eric Molale.

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People with Disabilities Face Barriers to Political Participation in Botswana

23rd February 2024

Individuals challenged by disabilities encounter formidable obstacles when endeavoring to partake in political processes within the context of Botswana. Political involvement, a cornerstone of democratic governance, empowers citizens to shape the legislative landscape that impacts their daily existence. Despite Botswana’s reputation for upholding democratic ideals, recent insights unveil a troubling reality – those with disabilities find themselves marginalized in the realm of politics, contending with substantial barriers obstructing the exercise of their democratic liberties.

A recent inquiry in Botswana unveiled a panorama where individuals with disabilities confront hurdles in navigating the political arena, their involvement often restricted to the basic act of voting. Voices emerged from the study, underscoring the critical necessity of fostering environments that are accessible and welcoming, affording individuals with disabilities the active engagement they rightfully deserve in political processes. Noteworthy was the account of a participant grappling with physical impairments, shedding light on the glaring absence of ramps at polling stations and the urgent call for enhanced support mechanisms to ensure an equitable electoral participation.

The echoes reverberating from these narratives serve as poignant reminders of the entrenched obstacles impeding the full integration of individuals with disabilities into the democratic tapestry. The inaccessibility of polling stations and the glaring absence of provisions tailored to the needs of persons with disabilities loom large as formidable barricades to their political engagement. Particularly pronounced is the plight of those grappling with severe impairments and intellectual challenges, who face even steeper hurdles in seizing political participation opportunities, often grappling with feelings of isolation and exclusion from the political discourse.

Calls for decisive action cascade forth, urging the establishment of more inclusive and accessible political ecosystems that embrace individuals with disabilities in Botswana. Government bodies and concerned stakeholders are urged to prioritize the enactment of laws and policies designed to safeguard the political rights of individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, initiatives geared towards enhancing awareness and education on political processes and rights for this segment of society must be spearheaded, alongside the adoption of inclusive measures within political institutions and party structures.

By dismantling these barriers and nurturing a political landscape that is truly inclusive, Botswana can earnestly uphold its democratic ethos and afford every citizen, including those with disabilities, a substantive opportunity to partake in the political fabric of the nation.

 

 

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Neo Kirchway- Defying the odds

23rd February 2024

In the heartwarming tale of Neo Kirchway, a beacon of inspiration emerges, shining brightly amid life’s adversities.

Defying the constraints of destiny, Neo Kirchway, a resilient Motswana soul now thriving in the United States, stands tall despite the absence of her lower limbs. With unwavering determination, she tends to her cherished family – a loving husband and four children – engaging in the daily symphony of household tasks with remarkable grace.

Neo’s indomitable spirit traces back to the fateful year of 1994, a time when medical intervention called for the amputation of her curled legs. Embracing this pivotal juncture with unwavering courage and the blessing of her mother, she ventured forth into a world adorned with prosthetic legs, eager to script a tale of triumph.

Venturing beyond borders, Neo’s journey led her to the embrace of the United States, where serendipity intertwined her fate with that of her soulmate, Garrett Kirchway. Together, this harmonious duo navigates the ebbs and flows of life, their bond fortified by unwavering love and unyielding support.

In a bid to illuminate paths and embolden hearts, Neo leverages the digital realm, crafting a sanctuary of empowerment on her YouTube channel. Brimming with authenticity and raw emotion, her videos chronicle the tapestry of her daily life, serving as a testament to resilience and the unwavering human spirit.

Amidst the digital cosmos, Neo, affectionately known as “KirchBaby,” reigns supreme, a luminary in the hearts of 658,000 enraptured subscribers. Through her captivating content, she not only navigates the mundane tasks of cooking, cleaning, and childcare but also dances with celestial grace, a testament to her boundless spirit and unyielding zest for life.

In the cathedral of Neo Kirchway’s narrative, resilience reigns supreme, echoing a universal truth – that amidst life’s gales, the human spirit, when kindled by hope and fortitude, emerges as a beacon of light, illuminating even the darkest of paths.

 

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Inequalities Faced by Individuals with Disabilities

22nd February 2024

The government’s efforts to integrate individuals with disabilities in Botswana society are being hampered by budgetary constraints. Those with disabilities face inequalities in budgetary allocations in the health and education sectors. For instance, it is reported that the government allocates higher budgetary funds to the general health sector, while marginal allocations are proposed for the development and implementation of the National Primary Health Care guidelines and Standards for those with Disabilities. This shows that in terms of budgetary solutions, the government’s proposed initiatives in improving the health and well-being of those with disabilities remain futile as there is not enough money going towards disability-specific health programs. On the other hand, limited budgetary allocations to the Special Education Unit also are a primary contributor to the inequalities faced by children with disabilities. The government only provides for the employment of 15 teachers with qualifications in special education despite the large numbers of children with intellectual disabilities that are in need of special education throughout Botswana. Such disproportional allocation of resources inhibits the capacity to provide affordable and accessible assisted technology and residential support services for those with disabilities. Given the fact that a different amount of resources have been availed to the education and health sectors, the general understanding is that the government is not doing enough to ensure that adequate resources are distributed to disability-specific programs and facilities such as barrier-free environments, residential homes, and special education schools for children with disabilities.

 

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