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BDP ‘happy’ with Khama’s exit

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) top echelons have given former President Lt Gen Ian Khama’s intentions of leaving the party thumbs up. This, they say will reduce the internal squabbles that have been ongoing for long, citing that this will restore unity in the party as general elections fast approaches.

Former President Khama’s close associates have revealed his long kept secret to walk out of the BDP which his father founded in 1961 following a series of battle with his successor President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi which have been elongated since April last year. A BDP high ranking official has shared with this publication that they were aware of Khama’s intent to leave the party and they couldn’t be happier. “We cannot take the fights anymore; Khama has been a burden to the party. He is the main reason why the party is in the state it is in today.

Khama demanded a lot of things from Masisi which he could not provide; all his demands were against our constitution. Let him go.” The BDP member who seats with Masisi and other party’s big wigs in the meetings, could not disclose to Weekendpost particular demands Khama wanted from Masisi.  It is further disclosed by BDP sources that on many occasions Masisi tried to reach out to Khama for reconciliation but to no avail.

“Masisi tried several times to reconcile with Khama but failed. Let Khama go and do whatever he wants, endorse UDC, endorse independent candidates etc. He will not go far; he failed dismally in Kang so we will not be shaken by his sudden move to endorse all the people I have mentioned. He will ditch them last minute just like he ditched Venson Moitoi. We are not shaken,” said a source.

According to a study compiled by South African firm, the two presidents have reached a point where reconciliation is close to impossible and “attempts to bring them together to reach a truce have failed and they seem to be heading to the cliff edge.” With that, Khama was advised that he should try by all means to meet Masisi personally or through emissaries. “This is for a truce to be negotiated in the interest of both men and for the sake of the party,” highlights the report.

In the past Khama had made it clear that he would like to meet Masisi privately. This was after many attempts by Masisi to engage his predecessor through the BDP elders committee which the former leader blatantly rejected. The research also added that with Masisi having registered a ‘hollow’ victory in Kang, achieved through the price of manipulation, intimidation and abuse of state resource and assets, he may be amenable to a settlement in order to turn his attention to the general elections.

“A big question mark is would Masisi’s conciliatory stance be genuine or only meant to buy him peace for purpose of the election after which he will return to haunt Khama. Our analysis is that for Masisi’s project to become a success, Khama and his associates must continuously be vilified and portrayed in the eyes of the nation as the perennial enemies of the nation,” study observed.

In an exclusive interview with Khama this week he made it clear that he will not divulge anything centered on his departure, as everything will be said in Serowe. Former president has invited Bangwato to a meeting this Saturday at Serowe Show Grounds. He says that is where he will discuss his future role in politics and also his communal service to the people of Gammangwato and Batswana as a whole. Khama pointed out that this is going to be a consultative meeting with the tribe, discussing broadly on the BDP and where it is today. He will also intensively consult on what has been happening to him in the BDP.  

He however mentioned that he has not invited anyone except for the Bangwato tribe. When asked if he has made an effort to invite the President, Khama asked, “A ke Mongwato? I wish for this to be a consultative meeting between me and the tribe.” When asked if he was convinced that reconciliation between him and President Mokgweetsi Masisi is impossible Khama said, “what I intend to present in Serowe won’t touch on reconciliation, but all I can say is the opportunities to reconcile are growing harder and harder by the day because of the actions they are taking towards me regularly and others.”

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

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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

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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

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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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