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Bakang Seretse loses case to reclaim assets

The Court of Appeal (CoA) yesterday (Friday) dismissed with costs an application in which Bakang Seretse wanted to repossess his properties. Bakang through his attorney Kgosietsile Ngakagae had earlier this month approached the CoA on an urgent application after Judge Omphemetse Motumise granted Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) an application to restrain his properties.

This comes after the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) raided Bakang Seretse’s house last month and seized some of his properties. Amongst the restrained properties was Bakang’s Maserati car, Mercedes Benz, furniture, his plots in Extension 11 and in Lobatse, a Lexus , Toyota RAV4, Ford Ranger, Volvo, Land cruiser, Ford Fiesta, Rolex Date watch, gym equipment, Farm and Garden equipment, lawn mower equipment, VW Polo and his Subaru station wagonreg.

When delivering the judgement this week on the matter, Justice Monametsi Gaongalelwe stated that “it would defeat the purpose of law (PICA) if considerations of inconvenience, suffering from hardship and or being exposed to indignity no matter how grave, were to be considered as determining factors.” He further stated that the applicant’s basis of the view was coupled with failure to demonstrate urgency, stressing that his judgement was based on the fact that the order is interlocutory therefore the application cannot succeed.

In their head of arguments, the applicant’s attorney, Kgosietsile Ngakagae, argued that the thrust of their submission advanced in support of urgency was laid “on inconvenience and hardship suffered by the applicant as a result of dispossession.” Ngakagae argued that his client amongst his plots had nowhere to live since he was evicted from his house in Extension 11, he emphasised that it is common cause that his client had another property in Ginger (Gaborone) and he could not live because he has it rented out to one Gorata Ratau.

On the other hand, Attorney Ernest Mosate on behalf of the State argued that it is a well-established principle of common law that only a final order which is definitive of the parties’ rights is appealable as of right. He further contended that “in this case it was with common cause the applicant filed a notice on grounds of appeal without having sought and obtained leave to appeal.” He also accentuated that it is clear from the provisions of PICA that their implementation involves deprivation of the use and enjoyment of property.

They said such implementation would result in inconvenience, hardship and grave indignity. “In other words inconvenience, hardship and grave indignity are some inevitable components of the act. The legislature included such provisions fully aware that their implementation would cause inconvenience, hardship and indignity,” they argued. The prosecutor’s also articulated that the applicant saying they are without accommodation does not give any valid reason on why they cannot get a rented accommodation either in Gaborone or at any of the places on the periphery of the city.

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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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