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Masisi summons Gaborone South to State House

As the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) prepare for its intense special congress billed for Kang next month, skeletons are beginning to tremble from the coffins as more seeds of discord break the surface.

Sources close to Tsholetsa House have revealed that this past week President Mokgweetsi Masisi summoned Gaborone South to State House with a warning stern over allegations that the constituency which is led by Meshack Mthimkhulu is secretly endorsing Pelonomi Venson- Moitoi in her presidential bid against Masisi.  In a secret meeting held at the President’s residence, it is revealed that the fuming Masisi threatened to take action against anyone who is not supporting him.


However some democrats who spoke on conditions of anonymity disclosed that they are being harassed and live under concern under Masisi’s leadership. Some of the party members who continue to suffer the same fate are people who still associate themselves with former President Lt Gen Ian Khama.  Sometime at the beginning of the year President Mokgweetsi Masisi called all the regions to a lunch at the State House to solicit for support and consolidate his grip on the party. 

The bone of contention however is the issue of endorsing party presidential candidate. Allegations have come out widespread after the Serowe meeting of elders held two weeks back where Venson- Moitoi and former president Ian Khama attended indicating that there are some regions that have endorsed Masisi but are secretly supporting Venson- Moitoi.

When contacted for comment Gaborone South parliamentary candidate Meshack Mthikhulu denied meeting President Masisi over the matter but however admitted that there is a confusion caused by the race for regional chairperson between Lotty Manyapedza and Pelonomi Bantsi.  He said the current chairperson Alfred Moatlhaping will be contesting for position of secretary thus splitting votes and bringing in factions over who is supporting who. “At the moment delegates are torn between Manyapedza and Bantsi for the chairmanship race. However Gaborone South is fully behind president Masisi,” he said.

Some party insiders say the elders meeting held in Serowe the past two weeks sent a strong message to the party and shows the split is eminent.  It is alleged that some members of parliament will soon resign from the party and contest the 2019 general elections as independent candidates. A source close to the developments said if Masisi return victorious from Kang Congress, the BDP will be headed for the worst. It is alleged that some staunch party supporters are determined to vote the opposition.

The current chairperson of Gaborone South Alfred Moatlhaping said he has shown interest in contesting for the secretary since Tumy Modise will not be contesting. He said after consultation with the elders he has decided not to contest and wait till October. He however said the region is fully behind Masisi.

In his last interview with WeekendPost former President Ian Khama said he is not shaken and still put his weight behind Venson Moitoi. He said the Palapye retreat did not change anything, the situation still remains the same. “We are today, still where we were before Palapye, my position hasn’t changed. Khama said as to how the campaigns and preparations are going, he reverted this publication to the relevant people who are responsible and directly involved in that regard. 

When commenting on the endorsement videos and messages circulating on social media where democrats are seen endorsing president Mokgweetsi Masisi on his presidential race against Pelonomi Venson- Moitoi, Khama said there are two things, an indication of lack of confidence in the leader and one is that they are promised something for them to do that.

“Some of them may be genuine supporters, there is no doubt but others are being enticed. I‘ve never seen it but I know in the past where people were doing it for their own personal campaigns as candidates selling themselves to the electorates but when you then organize a structure of a whole party to go and approach people to come and do videos to support, clearly it means you don’t feel confident of your own”. Khama also alluded to the fact that on the issue of primary elections, the videos are not allowed but it is silent on the event of presidential race.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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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

22nd November 2021
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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

22nd November 2021
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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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