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Malcom X spoiled Venson-Moitoi’s presidential bid

Controversial South African based Malcom X whose claim to fame in Botswana came via the late Louis Nchindo made new contact with the country by infiltrating the Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi presidential bid team.

Unconfirmed reports say Malcom X is thought to have been hired by Venson-Moitoi’s rivals with the promise of P2m to destroy the Venson-Moitoi campaign team. Malcom reportedly made several attempts to assist some of the locals manage their PR, especially in South Africa. He is said to have raised a concern that Botswana is increasingly portrayed in bad light in South Africa and that he can arrest the situation by spinning narratives in the South African media.

Venson-Moitoi’s son, Kabelo Binns is said to have had serious reservations on engaging Malcom X prior to the recording of the audios. Binns is said to have questioned the involvement of Malcom right from the beginning. Audio tapes circulating on social media confirm a meeting of Bridgette Motsepe, Kabelo Binns and Malcom X discussing funding opportunities for the Moitoi campaign team in the lead up to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Kang Presidential Elective Congress.

“The release of the audios then put the whole Moitoi campaign in disrepute with claims that the Motsepe’s will give cash in return for controlling major mining interests in Botswana. Motsepe in particular is thought to be a close friend of former President Ian Khama,” said a source based in South Africa. “The damage caused by the release of the audios has been enormous. In South Africa in particular, major TV networks and newspapers have ran stories that the Motsepe’s want to effect regime change in Botswana. South Africa has come out looking like a big regional bully poking its nose in other country’s affairs. For those in Zimbabwe and Lesotho who have complained about South Africa’s activism in the region feel vindicated.”

The source went on to state that while some might say South Africa cannot take the blame for the Motsepe’s, the fact of the matter is that the Motsepe’s are no nobodies. “They are a family very close to power, as Ramaphosa is an in-law to the powerful mining family. Furthermore, Ramaphosa detractors have already accused him of being captured by the family and in particular Patrice Motsepe. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has been the party that has been on the forefront of this accusation. They liken the Motsepe capture to that of the Guptas,” the source said.

This publication can confirm that Malcom X is not new to the controversy. He has been accused by several businessmen in South Africa for blackmailing them in return for cash. It is believed he has contacts with major tabloids in South Africa. Apart from Louis Nchindo, Simbi Phiri of Khato Civils is one of the victims of the controversial socialite.

 “Surprisingly Malcom X has maintained keen interest in Botswana. Ever seeking an opportunity to make a good buck, he follows trending scandals and approaches desperate and vulnerable people,” observed the source. His Botswana interest is borne from many Batswana politicians and businessmen who travel frequently to South Africa. He is alleged to have a source of young beautiful girls for entertainment for the businessmen and politicians.

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.

Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021
LAWRENCE-OOKEDITSE

Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.

Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.

Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”

“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.

He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.

He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.

According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.

There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.

Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.

“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication.
The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.

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