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Saleshando rejects Khama powered UDC campaigns

Vice President of the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has poured cold water on suggestions linking the opposition coalition with ex-president Lt Gen Ian Khama in the campaign towards the impending 2019 general Elections.

There have been reports that Khama may be roped in the UDC campaign in an endeavour to unseat the “common enemy” which is referred to the incumbent president Mokgweetsi Masisi and his administration. The move also saw Khama confirm at the recent contentious Serowe kgotla meeting that he will be on a rampage to de-campaign some ruling party potential law makers while assisting some opposition UDC candidates.  

Speaking on the developments, Saleshando told Weekend Post this week that, “we don’t have any agreement with Khama, whatsoever, and we will not arrange any. There are no plans for joint campaigns with Khama.” The UDC VP continued: “I can confirm that UDC has even not approached Khama, and the party will not approach Khama to assist us with the coming national election campaigns. We want to take over government so he cannot be part of the equation.”  

According to Saleshando, this is a BDP battle alone and Khama should not use UDC to score cheap political goals against his arch-enemy, Masisi. “Khama has fights with the BDP and we cannot, as has never before, think that we share any values with them,” the opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) president lashed out. He also explained that the BDP is not necessarily fighting with Khama alone but many others like Prince Maele, Biggie Butale and Moyo Guma as evidenced by their suspensions and expulsions.

“So the issue is not about BDP fighting Khama but BDP fighting itself. BDP is party ruining itself and a party in turmoil,” Saleshando highlighted.  The UDC VP reminisced that BDP blamed Khama for corruption but Khama’s record is a record for BDP.  “They are totally inseparable,” he said. However, the Maun West MP candidate further told this publication that if Khama or anyone, can tell electorates to vote for UDC, “we will welcome that. Its Khama choice to campaign for the UDC. But we are not going to enter into any agreement with them.”

According to the ex-Gaborone Central two time law maker, If Khama is using his power as a paramount chief of Bangwato, to lure and influence voters to elect UDC, at his own volition, then let it be. Moreover, Khama’s time in politics and government as a key political player is over, Saleshando said while adding that “he should just accept it and move forward.” Meanwhile, it is not clear if Duma Gideon Boko, the UDC leader, shares the same sentiments with that of his Vice President.

In the past, Boko was linked to providing legal representation to both Khama and his close associate and Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) boss Isaac Kgosi before. Khama had also said at the debatable Serowe meeting that people should not be amused should they see him in Boko’s hired helicopter which he promised he is likely to request a ride in.

UDC denies BDP, AP invitation to its party manifesto

According to Saleshando, the UDC will not invite other political formations for the launch of their party manifesto scheduled for next weekend (18 May 2019) at Maun. This is notwithstanding that another opposition Alliance for Progressives (AP) has invited both UDC, BDP as well as the beleaguered Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), and only the orange liberal party turned up. On the other hand, BDP also at its manifesto recently held in Gaborone and they had invited UDC, AP and the BMD and none rocked up.

However, Saleshando justified why they not inviting the other parties to their manifesto: “we are not inviting the other local political parties; BDP, AP and the like because we fundamentally disagree with them.” He continued: We are selling our manifesto, why invite them?” he asked rhetorically.  “BDP doesn’t believe in creating jobs but we do. We want the constitution that embraces everyone.

We want jobs back to Botswana while the BDP wants tourism that’s foreign controlled. So clearly we are at variance.” He said they will only invite Civil Society Organisations like Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO), trade unions, Botswana Network on Ethics law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA), Business Botswana and diplomatic community and/or embassies.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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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.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

22nd November 2021
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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.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

22nd November 2021
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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.

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