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Masisi shakes cabinet again

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has fired Assistant Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry and Tati West Biggie Butale from cabinet. Butale was expelled together with Patrick Ralotsia, Minister of Agricultural Development, and Food Security and Kanye North law maker. Masisi has made three cabinet reshuffles since ascending to office over a year ago.

In this week’s reshuffle, he also appointed his successor at Moshupa/Manyana constituency, Karabo Socraat Gare, to the position of Assistant Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry. A long time back bencher Sethomo Lelatisitswe was also appointed Assistant Minister of Health and Wellness. Moiseraele Master Goya has been transferred and appointed Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Research Science and Technology from the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry.

Reactions to the appointments:

Karabo Gare: “I didn’t expect it. So it’s coming with mixed feelings. I don’t know whether it’s good for me or not. I need to be visible in Moshupa/Manyana and interact with electorates. We have four months until the General Elections. But the four months is actually a lot of time. I must do utmost best. I might bring something new that would change this country. I need some time to appreciate basic processes of the ministry. This Ministry is the cock-wheel to diversifying the economy. Main points of focus;

Diversify the economy

Find ways of attracting Foreign Investors into the country

Come up with initiatives that will re-kindle the manufacturing sector, the only sector in any country that creates many jobs

Maximum utilization of locally available raw materials

On reports that he was favoured into the cabinet post as he is seen as Masisi’s blue eyed boy he responded “I can’t speak on behalf of H.E. Appointment of cabinet is his prerogative. There is no line to appointments, so I did not skip anyone as some want to put it. It happens every presidency. It has happened before and not starting by me.”

Fidelis Molao: “I am afraid. Naturally I am happy with the show of confidence from the president. It is a mammoth task placed before me looking at the Agricultural sector. It’s a huge task but I believe, with my time in government and politics, I will be able to shape up. And be equal to the task. I am also busy campaigning for re-election and I also have to keep up with the ministerial position. I believe appointing authority saw potential in me. I will get support from farmers, from the Ministry, from the entire populace as well as from the president himself.”
When asked if he was roped in to also become Masisi’s inner circle he answered: “All my life in the BDP I have never seen myself on imaginary talked about factions. I believe factions are imaginary and I am not of any. I see beyond temporary factions if any. I always support party programmes and the leadership.”

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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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