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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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Fighting vulture poisoning in KAZA region.

3rd February 2023
As a response to avert vulture poisoning currently going on in Botswana and KAZA region, Birdlife Botswana has collaborated with three other partners (BirdWatch Zambia, BirdLife International & Birdlife Zimbabwe) to tackle wildlife poisoning which by extension negatively affect vulture populations.

The Director of Birdlife Botswana, Motshereganyi Virat Kootshositse has revealed in an interview that the project which is funded by European Union’s main goal is to reduce poisoning related vultures’ death and consequently other wildlife species death within the KAZA region.

He highlighted that Chobe district in Botswana has been selected as a pilot site as it has experienced rampant incidents of vulture poisoning for the past few months. In August this year at least 50 endangered white backed vultures were reported dead at Chobe National Park, Botswana after feeding on a buffalo carcass laced with poison.  In November this year again 43 white backed vultures were found dead and two alive after feeding on a zebra suspected to have poisoned.  Other selected pilots’ sites are Kafue in Zambia and Hwange in Zimbabwe.

Kootshositse further explained they have established a national and regional Wildlife Poisoning Committee. He added that as for the national committee they have engaged various departments such as Crop Productions, Agro Chemicals, Department of Veterinary Services, Department of Wildlife and National Parks and other NGOs such as Raptors Botswana to come together and find a long-lasting solution to address wildlife poisoning in Botswana. ‘Let’s have a strategy or a plan together to tackle wildlife poisoning,’ he stated

He also decried that there is gap in the availability of data about vulture poisoning or wildlife in general. ‘If we have a central point for data, it will help in terms of reporting and advocacy’, he stated

He added that the regional committee comprises of law enforcement officers such as BDF and Botswana police, village leadership such as Village Development Committee and Kgosi. ‘We need to join hand together and protect the wildlife we have as this will increase our profile for conservation and this alone enhances our visitation and boost our local economy,’ he noted

Kootshositse noted that Birdlife together with DWNP also addressed series of meeting in some villages in the Chobe region recently. The purpose of kgotla meetings was to raise awareness on the conservation and protection of vultures in Chobe West communities.

‘After realizing that vulture poisoning in the Chobe areas become frequent, we realise that we need to do something about it.  ‘We did a public awareness by addressing several kgotla meetings in some villages in the Chobe west,’ he stated

He noted that next year they are going to have another round of consultations around the Chobe areas and the approach is to engage the community into planning process. ‘Residents should be part of the plan of actions and we are working with farmers committee in the areas to address vulture poisoning in the area, ‘he added

He added that they have found out that some common reasons for poisoning wildlife are farmers targeting predators such as lions in retaliation to killing of their livestock. Another common incident cross border poaching in the Chobe area as poachers will kills an elephant and poison its carcass targeting vultures because of their aerial circling alerting authorities about poaching activities.

Kootshositse noted that in the last cases it was disheartening the incidents occurred three months apart. He added that for the first time they found that some of the body parts of some vultures were missing. He added harvesting of body parts of vultures is not a common practice in Botswana, although it is used in some parts of Africa. ‘We suspect that someone took advantage of the availability of carcasses and started harvesting their body parts,’

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Giant in the making: Everton Mlalazi

3rd February 2023

The music industry is at a point where artists are jostling for space because there are so many aspirants trying to get their big break, thus creating stiff competition.

In the music business it’s about talent and positioning. You need to be at the right place at the right time with the right people around you to propel you forward.
Against all odds, Everton Mlalazi has managed to takeover the gospel scene effortlessly.
To him, it’s more than just a breakthrough to stardom, but a passion as well as mission directly appointed by the Lord.

Within a short space of 2 years after having decided to persue a solo career, Mlalazi has already made it into international music scene, with his music receiving considerable play on several gospel television and radio stations in Botswana including other regional stations like Trace Africa, One Gospel, Metro FM in South Africa, Hope FM in Kenya and literally all broadcast stations in Zimbabwe.

It doesn’t only stop there, as the musician has already been nominated 2 times and 2 awards which are Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) best Male artists 2022, StarFM listerners Choice Award, Best Newcomer 2021 and ZIMA Best Contemporary Gospel 2022, MLA awards Best Male artist & Best Gospel Artist 2022.

Everton’s inspiration stems from his ultimate passion and desire to lead people into Godly ways and it seems it’s only getting started.
The man is a gospel artist to put on your radar.

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African countries call on WHO to increase funding

2nd February 2023

Minister of Health Dr Edwin Dikoloti says Africa member states call on World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure equitable resource allocation for 2024-2025. Dr Dikoloti was speaking this week at the WHO Executive Board Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

He said countries agreed that there is need to address the budget and funding imbalances by increasing the programme budget share of countries and regions to 75% for the next year.

“The proposed budget for 2024-2025 marks an important milestone as it is the first in Programme Budget in which country offices will be allocated more than half of the total budget for the biennium. We highly welcome this approach which will enable the organization to deliver on its mandate while fulfilling the expectations for transparency, efficiency and accountability.”

The Botswana Health Minister commended member states on the extension of the General Programme of Work (GPD 13) and the Secretariat work to monitor the progress towards the triple billion targets, and the health-related SDGs.

“We welcome the Director’s general proposed five priorities which have crystalized into the “five Ps” that are aligned with the GPW 13 extension. Impact can only be achieved through close coordination with, and support to national health authorities. As such, the strengthening of country offices is instrumental, with particular focus on strengthening national health systems and on promoting more equitable access to health services.”

According to Dr Dikoloti, the majority of countries with UHC index that is below the global median are in the WHO Africa region. “For that, we call on the WHO to enhance capacity at the regional and national levels in order to accelerate progress. Currently, the regional office needs both technical and financial support in order to effectively address and support country needs.”

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