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12 MPs to quit BDP

Investigations by WeekendPost have revealed that twelve Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Members of Parliament (MPs) are conspiring to resign from the BDP in the next few weeks, and become independents. Indications are that the conduct of Kang elections and its aftermath will determine their plan of action.

The development could see the BDP losing its majority in parliament and consequently collapse of its government, if all the reported 12 decide to jump ship. Some in the group are said to be behaving like suicide bombers because they are aware that “the party wants to expel them.” BDP currently has 38 elected MPs while opposition has 19 elected Members of Parliament. This publication spoke to five BDP legislators who confirmed that they are ready to quit, “Kang will inform our decision,” they posit.

“Combining the twelve MPs with those in opposition will mean that Masisi’s Presidency could be under threat.  The rules of Parliament are such that the party with the biggest number of seats forms Government,” said one of the MPs in the crew. But President Masisi still has the last say because he may choose to dissolve Parliament and call a snap election.  

“If the defections happen, Dr Masisi will not have the numbers to form government.  They are hoping that without the number Dr Masisi could be then be forced to resign and horse trading will then happen between the opposition and the defected members. Ordinarily, the Vice President at the time, being Slumber Tsogwane is supposed to become President when there is a vacancy in the presidency.  However the opposing BDP faction does not trust him, so a new president and vice could be elected.”

The secret according to its owners has been kept for long and the target was to execute it when President Masisi is away on international trips.  “We were supposed to resign last week Wednesday but many of our partners in the operation did not report for parliament,” said one MP on Wednesday last week. Masisi was to leave for Switzerland that Wednesday afternoon but the trip was cancelled. “The plan has long been hatched, and Masisi’s days are numbered. We have had enough of this immaturity,” said the MP. 

This publication is also alive to the information that as late as last week Wednesday evening, Tsogwane was working around the clock to stop the resignations of the BDP MPs. Tsogwane is said to be doing his utmost to stop the defections.  The alleged defections and the suggestion that there may be more to come, is said to have started weeks after former President Lt Gen Dr Ian Khama said he was going to correct the mistake he made in making Masisi President. 

He was quoted at a meeting of Serowe elders in Serowe, that he made a mistake in making Masisi President. This move comes after suggestions that Khama is said to have sponsored two attempts of motion of no confidence on President Masisi. The first motion which didn’t see the light of the day was presented by leader of opposition Advocate Duma Boko while the second was never presented. According to reliable sources, the second motion was aborted after the Khama faction smelt that most BDP members didn’t have the confidence to see it through.

 “It was muted after the first was disadvantaged by lack of cohesion and execution owing it to the fact that the BDP aligned to Khama had used the opposition to table it. But this time around, the faction is relying on its own and claims they have the numbers to finally oust Masisi,” said another MP.  “They were afraid of threats of being victimized by the Presidency of Masisi. MPs are now afraid of the terrible triplets of DIS, DCEC and BURS.”

The political differences and or fights between Masisi and Khama have manifested themselves in a struggle for power between those loyal to Masisi as Head of State, and those who say they have been targeted in a witch hunt by the presidency. Peace has been hard to come by for the BDP since Masisi took over from Khama. 

“With over eight cabinet ministers having lost their seats, and they are still bitter at the dysfunctional Bulelwa Ditswe. They think the system was well orchestrated to rule them out of contesting the next elections.  And the blame is pointed at Tsholetsa, singling out the Secretary General [Mpho Balopi] in particular for their demise,” said one MP.

“They are already flirting with the New Jerusalem faction. You are going to see more independent candidates closer to the elections.  Many are already in cabinet and in parliament.  The two timelines to keep an eye on is Congress in Kang and just closer to the elections; many in cabinet will take control of their political futures.  They will begin to doubt the promises of whoever is going to win.”

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Gov’t shy to shame failing ministers

22nd February 2021
Morwaeng

Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Kabo Morwaeng together with Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Elias Magosi, this week refused to name and shame the worst performing Ministries and to disclose the best performing Ministries since beginning of 12th parliament including the main reasons for underperformance.

Of late there have been a litany of complaints from both ends of the aisle with cabinet members accused of providing parliament with unsatisfactory responses to the questions posed. In fact for some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers a meeting with the ministers and party leadership is overdue to address their complaints. Jwaneng-Mabutsane MP, Mephato Reatile is also not happy with ministers’ performance.

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Bokamoso, Gov’t in P10M womb removal suit

22nd February 2021
Bokamoso

Bokamoso Private Hospital is battling a P10 million legal suit for a botched fibroids operation which resulted in a woman losing an entire womb and her prospects of bearing children left at zero.

The same suit has also befallen the Attorney General of Botswana who is representing the Ministry of Health and Wellness for their contributory negligence of having the unlawful removal of a patient, Goitsemang Magetse’s womb.

According to the court papers, Magetse says that sometimes in November 2019, she was diagnosed with fibroids at Marina Hospital where upon she was referred to Bokamoso Private Hospital to schedule an appointment for an operation to remove the fibroids, which she did.

Magetse continues that at the instance of one Dr Li Wang, the surgeon who performed the operation, and unknown to her, an operation to remove her whole womb was conducted instead.
According to Magetse, it was only through a Marina Hospital regular check-up that she got to learn that her whole womb has been removed.

“At the while she was under the belief that only her fibroids have been removed. By doing so, the hospital has subjected itself to some serious delictual liability in that it performed a serious and life changing operation on patient who was under the belief that she was doing a completely different operation altogether. It thus came as a shock when our client learnt that her womb had been removed, without her consent,” said Magetse’s legal representatives, Kanjabanga and Associates in their summons.

The letter further says, “this is an infringement of our client‘s rights and this infringement has dire consequences on her to the extent that she can never bear children again”. ‘It is our instruction therefore, to claim as we hereby do, damages in the sum of BWP 10,000,000 (ten million Pula) for unlawful removal of client’s womb,” reads Kanjabanga Attorneys’ papers. The defendants are yet to respond to the plaintiff’s papers.

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime — however, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment.

The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer — but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment.

Studies show that fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range from the size of a pea to (occasionally) the size of a watermelon. Even if fibroids grow that large, we offer timely and effective treatment to provide relief.

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Masisi warned against a sinking Botswana

22nd February 2021
Ndaba GAolatlhe

The Alliance for Progressives (AP) President Ndaba Gaolathe has said that despite major accolades that Botswana continues to receive internationally with regard to the state of economy, the prospects for the future are imperilled.

Delivering his party Annual Policy Statement on Thursday, Gaolathe indicated that Botswana is in a state of do or die, and that the country’s economy is on a sick bed. With a major concern for poverty, Gaolathe pointed out that almost half of Botswana’s people are ravaged by or are about to sink into poverty.  “Our young people have lost the fire to dream about what they could become,” he said.

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