Tati East Member of Parliament, Samson Guma Moyo is headed for a show down with Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane after the former accused the latter of conspiring with an opposition candidate to topple him in the constituency. Tsogwane has denied the accusations, at least in his exchanges with the Tati East legislator.
The standoff between Guma Moyo and his Vice President could be no surprise but the employ of opposition cadres into the battle is what throws off the Tati East legislator. He does not hide the notion that he is livid and could soon file an official complaint against Tsogwane with the BDP. “In politics this is what we could equal to treason in the criminal justice system, deliberately plotting for your own party to lose an election,” observed Guma Moyo. Guma Moyo said in terms of the party constitution, any person who engages in this behavior must be expelled from the party.
He states that he has confronted the Vice President about the allegations, whilst he has denied, he has also proposed that “we meet and iron out things with the opposition person implied”. Meanwhile whistle blower who alerted Guma Moyo on the plan to oust him has been threatened with disciplinary hearing.
According to some BDP members close to the developments, the whistle blower, a BDP Council candidate in Sefophe has a close relationship with the opposition member implicated, Mrs Modisapodi Matlhodi, a Botswana People’s Party (BPP) candidate in Tati East. Matlhodi is using (for campaigns) a vehicle which is registered in the names of Vice President Tsogwane’s constituency office Assistant in Boteti West.
The whistle blower has also demonstrated that he was given P20 000 to pass it on to Matlhodi, a BPP member for campaign purposes to hurt Guma Moyo’s bid for a return to Parliament after the October elections. In the alleged scheme against Guma Moyo, Matlhodi is expected to rejoin the BDP and become Sebele’s campaign manager for the 2019 elections.
However when contacted for comment, Matlhodi indicated that she has no contact with the Vice President, Tsogwane, “neither do I have his contacts.” She said the allegations are just a ploy by Guma Moyo and his friends to derail her campaign in Tati East. “For your information, I am a BPP member. I resigned from the BDP in May 2018 and stood for parliamentary primaries under the BPP and won with 3000 plus votes,” she said.
According to Matlhodi, she is aware that Guma Moyo’s foundation has been shaken because there is a high possibility that she could defeat him in October. “I do not have any interest in the BDP factional battles. I am a nominated Councillor in Tati Siding, I quit BDP because I was not happy and I am not going back there. Our village of Tati Siding has 12000 voters and I know this is what could be giving Guma Moyo sleepless nights,” she said.
Meanwhile Matlhodi has admitted that she is using a Honda Fit which she bought from Grace, who originates from Rakops but she has never received any favours from anyone in the BDP. “The fact that I bought this vehicle from a person in Rakops does not mean I could be working with Rre Tsogwane, I don’t know that person,” she said.
Guma Moyo who has already been visited by Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) officers on tax related matters, has been informed that there is a chance that he could be removed as a BDP candidate just before elections. He says an excuse of criminal charges will be concocted to sideline him and his primary election runner up, Sean Samson Sebele may be called in to “rescue” the situation.
Guma Moyo, who is currently an additional member in the BDP central committee is not new to drama with the BDP, in May 2015 he threatened to resign from BDP and Parliament after his accounts were frozen on account of some investigations into his business operations. Investigators at the time questioned the over P25 million which was suspected to have been paid into Moyo Guma’s business account.
IRB Transport was engaged by Sinohydro, a Chinese state-owned company during the construction of Kariba South power extension project in Zimbabwe in 2013. In January 2013 Sinohydro transferred US$ 3.2 million into IRB Transport account. The transaction attracted the interest of Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) and Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) who then quizzed the company. In his affidavit Moyo Guma denied that there was P25 million in his account but rather P982, 286. During the case, Guma threatened to resign as a Member of Parliament but denied it was connected to the case.
Guma Moyo resigned as BDP chairman in 2013 after defeating Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi at the Maun elective congress. Ahead of the BDP primaries in 2013 his relationship with some cabinet ministers deteriorated as claims and counter claims over the handling of primary elections emerged.
But Vice President Tsogwane has rubbished allegations by Guma Moyo, he states that he is not aware of any plot; neither is he working with any opposition candidate. He charged that those making false accusations must know that they are bringing the name of the party into disrepute. He indicated that he has even asked Guma Moyo to meet with him so that they get to the bottom of the matter. The Vice President referred to the matter as “ditontokwane”.
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.
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.
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.