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Khama secures P100 million for elections

Former President Lt Gen Ian Khama has on his numerous requests to source finances to support his allies on the upcoming elections managed to get at least P100 million for that purpose, WeekendPost has established.

This publication is reliably informed that Khama has been on constant talks with his associates around the world seeking financial assistance to support his preferred candidates during the elections. His toils have been rewarded with P100 million which his sponsors want to be used to win an intense battle with his successor President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s desired contestants on certain constituencies. 

WeekendPost sources disclose that Khama was financed mostly by his business allies who have developed interest in the ongoing animosity since the end results could leave them with unimaginable repercussions. Most of the business community’s concentration is on tourism and mining sector, which are all the biggest contributors to the country’s GDP.

While the feud has been described as a party affair or a two man show, it has now escalated to the international level. Khama is reportedly enjoying support from South Africa.  “He has backing that side (South Africa), that is why he was even accorded protocol earlier this year by their government despite Botswana government having made it clear even to Botswana embassy there not to avail protocol to him but the SA government went against that,” highlighted a source this week. This development relates to Khama’s trip to India which was not sanctioned by the government and consequently directing other governments not to give him protocol.

Asked about election monies on Thursday morning at his office, Khama said: “I went to South Africa last week and as to what I was doing there is very personal, therefore I cannot disclose what I do with my friends with any third party.” Khama was last week confirmed to have travelled to South Africa where he is alleged to have met his associates including President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Motsepe family.

Not only are the South Africans offering financial support, it is also indicated that the Western countries are rallying behind Khama, with their interest solely on the two sectors (Mining and tourism). It is said Khama just like the Europeans is irked by a looming global dominance by China which threatens Western control on African countries. “He met with them when he visited Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and made arrangements as to how they can assist one of their own,” clarified a source on Wednesday this week.

From the P100 million which was received last week, it is said, at a meeting held on Wednesday night this week, it was decided that the chunk of it should focus on the intended purpose. It is then that a unanimous decision was reached that P70 million be solely for elections campaign to those preferred by the former President Khama.

The contestants that have received blessings are across political divide with the main intention being to break Masisi’s votes. “The plan is to assist at least 20 parliamentary hopefuls. From his own BDP Khama is expected to work with close to ten members (names known to this publication) who he believes are not hostile to him. As it stands he has another seven independent candidates who are vying for parliamentary seats and will also give them moral and financial support to win their seats (most of them were either suspended or expelled from the BDP).

With the total number of Khama’s members reaching 17, Khama will next weekend reveal plans of how he is going to work with the main opposition UDC. Already informants say four members from the party have been anointed by Khama with the number expected to rise as the dynamics change. He will also endorse candidates representing Alliance for Progressive’s (AP) with Brigadier Kgokgothwane licking lips to get endorsement from the former President. 

“They want to kill the magic number of 29 then it means there won’t be an outright winner after the elections. And from there it is possible to negotiate governance with whoever is there but of course not the BDP, not with Masisi as the  president, possibly we could gravitate towards the UDC or any opposition party that would have done well in the polls,” shared a highly placed informant.

The expectation from Khama’s inner circle is, if he can succeed with his 17 candidates then UDC pushes more of its contestants then the BDP will be gone. “So for this to happen there should be investments that is why this money is important. I understand more of the funds are still sourced this shows that it is very serious,” added a source.

The plan at the end of the day is to form a coalition which if prosper will be the first of its kind in Botswana. Political observers say chances of this being a success are very high. “It is very much possible to succeed. Look Boko is a narcissist and if he is diluted by others it very easy to restrain his excess and that is how this could work wonders. Chances are Khama will not be a member of the UDC; he will come with his resources to show them his contributions.

He is a man who likes to be praised and if he joins the UDC it will be unclear as to whether he is a member or super member so he will chose to come with his informal movement for better bargaining,” says an observer who did not want to be named. Khama will on the 25th of this month reveal plans to form a ‘Democracy Movement’ that will endorse selected candidates in a bid to wrestle power from the current administrators.

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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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