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Mabaila under DIS radar

The Directorate on Intelligence and Security (DIS) will soon pounce on former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary candidate for Mogoditshane, Tshephang Mabaila, after Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) re-visited his file this week, WeekendPost has established.

Sources within the DCEC have confirmed to this publication that Mabaila’s file was re- visited this week and that as soon as DIS has finished with Col Isaac Kgosi’s case they will pounce on him.  Mabaila is allegedly facing multiple charges from money laundering and probe into his properties reportedly developed around Gaborone. In what is alleged to be a target of former President Lt Gen Ian Khama’s inner circle, the shift from Kgosi’s arrest which caught the eye of the international media to Mabaila is seen as a strategic move to impede Mabaila from contesting Mogoditshane constituency as an independent candidate.

Mabaila was slapped with five-year suspension from the ruling party, after being found guilty of misconduct following his role in the motion of no confidence against President Mokgweetsi Masisi. The suspension effectively ruled out Mabaila from contesting under the BDP ticket in the upcoming October polls. Mabaila has since announced that he will contest the constituency as an independent candidate.  

An ally of Khama, Mabaila’s financial muscle is viewed as a threat to BDP’s chances of winning the constituency. When Col Kgosi was arrested last week, the Director General of the DIS Brigadier Peter Magosi told journalists that more people will be charged in the process.
Contacted for comment DCEC spokesperson Lentswe Motshoganetsi said he cannot confirm nor deny the allegations. He said at the moment he had no access to the investigations team since he was contacted at short notice.

Motshoganetsi promised to revert to WeekendPost but he was still uncertain at the time of going to press. When contacted for comment, Mabaila said he is not aware of any investigations pertaining to him at DCEC involving property and money laundering. Mabaila however said that it is the mandate of the DCEC to do what is prescribed in their Act and that he is not hiding anything therefore they cannot be stopped from doing their job. While questioned about DIS’ Brig Magosi, Mabaila said he worked with him at BDF and knows him personally.

He said he knows ‘Fana’ to be very professional, dating back to his days at the military. Commenting on the Kgosi matter, Mabaila said it is part of the DIS routine work and after all justice will prevail. Mabaila said the last time he was questioned by DCEC was in 2013 regarding his qualification which he acquired online but it was later uncovered that the qualification was not accredited. He said contrary to the popular belief that the certificate was fake, it was only the issue of accreditation.

He further went on to study the same programme locally at Boitekanelo College. Mabaila graduated with BA Counselling in September 2018. Mabaila has been under DCEC watch since last year when he was called for questioning in relation to his ‘fake’ qualification that misled the crime busting agency into recommending Mabaila for the position of Crime Officer in Ministry of Land Management, Water & Sanitation Services.

The then DCEC Director General Rose Seretse ordered an investigation into Mabaila’s fake qualification in 2016 after Mabaila confided that his qualification on which the DCEC based its recommendation for his employment was fake. The DCEC decision to reopen the case is likely to see Mabaila being charged with obtaining by false pretence, while the former DCEC boss is likely to be charged for overriding panel recommendations.   

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Botswana’s Legislative Milestone: Championing Disability Rights

27th February 2024

In a significant stride towards inclusivity, Botswana’s National Assembly has ratified the groundbreaking Persons with Disability Act. This legislation is a cornerstone in protecting the rights and promoting the economic well-being of individuals with disabilities

At the heart of this act is the creation of two pivotal bodies: the National Disability Coordinating Office and the National Disability Council. These institutions are set to revolutionize the integration of disability affairs into the national fabric, as outlined by the Minister for State President, Kabo Morwaeng. Morwaeng highlighted the alignment of this act with the global Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), underlining Botswana’s commitment to international standards in disability rights.

During his address to Parliament, Morwaeng disclosed Botswana’s inaugural CRPD report submission to the UN, underscoring the nation’s dedication to global dialogue on disability rights. Furthermore, he unveiled plans for a comprehensive assessment to understand the socio-economic realities of disabled individuals and their families. This initiative, complemented by the strengthening of existing programs, aims to empower this community, ensuring their integration and prosperity in society

Morwaeng’s call to action was clear. He urged a collective shift in developmental agendas to accommodate and prioritize disability issues, advocating for an inclusive societal framework.

An ambitious budget of P35,631,600 has been allocated to bridge gaps in Disability Economic Empowerment, alongside critical studies and the establishment of the National Emergency Operations Centre. Concluding his presentation, Morwaeng appealed to fellow governmental departments to allocate funds diligently to fulfill CRPD and Persons with Disabilities obligations, marking a new chapter in Botswana’s legislative history towards inclusive development.

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Kabo Matlho’s Majestic Reentry Descends Upon a Solo Venture

27th February 2024

Kabo Matlho, a luminary whose fame once graced the grand finale of My Star, is poised to enchant the music realm once more with an upcoming solo venture—an RnB and Hip-Hop Extended Play (EP)—heralding his grand resurgence after a hiatus that spoke volumes.

During a telephonic confab with our editors, the virtuoso, navigating the world from the confines of his wheelchair, confided that while the exact launch date of the EP remains shrouded in mystery, he is fervently working towards a mid-2024 reveal. Matlho shared the trials of his odyssey, especially the cold shoulder he received from the industry ambushes, crediting the harsh exclusion to his physical predicament.

“The scene calls me once more, for the absence has been both a sabbatical and a shadow. The road for an artist, enveloped in the embrace of wheels, is strewn with fewer welcomes and scarce stages. Yet, herein I forge my return, with the precise hour of my EP’s birth still nestled in the coming chapters, assuredly within this year’s embrace,” Matlho unveiled with a determination that shone bright.

 

Probed on his choice for a solo EP, the melody weaver expressed a desire to not only rekindle his essence but to stand solitary under the spotlight, nurturing his brand to vigor before possibly blending it with the talents of others—once his career phoenix rises anew from its ashes.

Elaborating on his Extended Play, Matlho shared visions of its essence, where the soul of RnB intertwines with the spirited rhythm of Hip-Hop, crafting an audial tapestry that not only returns to his roots but also ventures into previously uncharted territories of his musical domain. With resilience, Matlho faces the crossroads of his artistry, embracing the whisperings of Hip-Hop that tease the boundaries of his comfort, embarking on this path with a heart both apprehensive and ablaze.

 

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BODANSA strikes gold with a handsome P45K windfall from Turnstar Holdings

27th February 2024

The Botswana DanceSport Association (BODANSA) has been graced with a financial boon of P45,000 courtesy of Turnstar Holdings. This generous endowment is earmarked for the illustrious Botswana International Dance Sport Grand Prix Championships, which are scheduled to animate Gaborone from Friday to Saturday.

At a media engagement held early today, BODANSA’s Marketing Maestro, Tiro Ntwayagae, shared that Turnstar Holdings Limited has bestowed a gift of P45,000 towards the grand spectacle.

“We are thrilled to announce that this backing will enable us to orchestrate a cultural soirée at the Game City Marque locale, a night brimming with cultural fervor set for March 1, 2024, from 6pm to the stroke of midnight.

This enchanting space will also serve as the battleground for the preliminaries of traditional dance ensembles—spanning the rhythmically rich Setapa to the euphoric beats of Sebirwa, the spirited Seperu, the heavenly Hosana, and more—in a competition folded into the Traditional Dance Groups Category. The ensemble that dances into the judges’ hearts will clinch a grand prize of P10,000,” elaborated Ntwayagae.

He further illuminated that the cultural eve would not only celebrate traditional melodies but also the fresh beats of contemporary dance variants including Hip Hop, Sbujwa, Amapiano, among others, in a dazzling display of modern dance mastery.

Moreover, these championships carry the prestigious recognition by the World DanceSport Federation as a qualifying round for the Breakdance category for the Paris 2024 Olympics. “This is a monumental opportunity for athletes to leap towards their Olympic dreams during one of the penultimate qualifiers,” underscored Ntwayagae.

Looking ahead to March 2, 2024, the festivities will propel into the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Arena for the championship’s climactic showdowns encompassing Breakdance, Latin, and Ballroom Dancing.

 

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