The battle for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary representation for Mogoditshane constituency in the upcoming general elections scheduled for October is far from over.
Patrick Masimolole, a former legislator for Mogoditshane constituency between the years 2004 to 2014 has through his attorney, Kgalalelo Monthe filed an application before court to review the decision by the BDP to reject a re-run of the primary elections for the constituency. Masimolole wants the court to order the decision of the BDP taken in March this year illegal. The BDP had dismissed the former Member of Parliament’s complaint and went on to declare Tumiso Rakgare the BDP candidate in the 2019 national elections.
Masimolole wants the court to correct and set aside the irregular decisions which he says contravene the constitution of the BDP; He further wants the court to declare that the primary election of the BDP conducted by the Kweneng East Region in December 2018 were irregular; and that the BDP be directed to hold such primary election for the Mogoditshane parliamentary constituency.
In his papers Masimolole also prays that the court orders the BDP that in such primary election for the Mogoditshane constituency, the voters rolls to be employed for the purpose, shall in accordance with the decision of the Central Committee of the BDP in which the cutoff date for registration of voters was June 30, 2017 and that all candidates be provided with copies of voters rolls to enable candidates to verify the names on the voters rolls together with Mogoditshane branch committee to sign off all such voters rolls for use in the primary election.
In his founding affidavit, Masimolole states that, “Given the looming national general elections for both council and parliamentary seats in October 2019, time is of the essence and a referral of the matter back to the BDP may occasion severe prejudice to myself as the matter may not be concluded by the time of the general elections.”
“The voters rolls had been tempered with, in fact there were two different rolls, the one for June 30, 2017 which was the official voters’ roll, and there was yet other voters’ rolls which were in use which included names of persons who were not in the roll that closed on June 30,” reads the affidavit. Masimolole goes on and states that the new voters’ rolls had names of Botswana Congress Party (BCP) members including the BCP’s council candidate for Ledumadumane West, one Phagenyana Phage.
Meanhwile Tshephang Mabaila who recently withdrew his intention to stand as an independent told this publication that he would not comment on the matter saying, “I have since written to President Mokgweetsi Masisi to uplift my suspension, and I’m waiting for his response. I will as such avoid comments on issues relating to this subject.”
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.