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Tafa backs Kamal in Masisi legitimacy case

Longtime Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) lawyer, Parks Tafa’s invisible hand has come to surface this week, with revelations indicating the former party advisor is playing in key role in ensuring that Kamal Jacobs triumphs against President Mokgweetsi Masisi.  

This publication has it in good authority that Tafa is the engineer behind Tamocha’s filing affidavits. Tamocha made a slippery of the tongue when he told court that Tafa who is Khama’s attorney had called him the previous night when asked about the affidavit. Tafa has been part of the integral BDP set-up since the 1990s, and played a key role in the process which led to the review of BDP constitution and national constitution from 1995-1997. He is believed to savvy with the BDP constitution, adding credence to Kamal’s case.

Tafa is a close ally of former Presidnet, Lt Gen Ian Khama, who has since fell out with his successor, a war that continues to play itself out in public. Tafa could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press regarding his role in the Kamal case against Masisi.  High Court Judge Michael Mothobi is expected to make a ruling on the matter of urgency next week.    

Appearing before Judge Mothobi of Gaborone High Court this week, the attorney representing Kamal Jacobs in President Mokgweetsi Masisi, Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and others, Kagisano Tamocha argued that Presidential Immunity as instituted by the Attorney General is not applicable because the case deals with the BDP constitution and not that of the country.

While they presented their heads of arguments the AG who are cited as the Amicus curiae or friend of the court argued that it is common course that President Masisi has colloquially immunity according to Section 41 of the Constitution of Botswana.  The Attorney General represented by Otlaadisa Kwape said Masisi should have never been cited as a respondent in the case. “The constitution provides that no civil proceedings should be instituted against his/ her official or private capacity as stated in section 41.

The Attorney General continues to argue that the 2009 Gomolemo Motswaledi versus the Botswana Democratic (BDP) which ruled in favor of Presidential Immunity is not distinguishable in the case.  It is said in the Motswaledi case the court refused to allow the 3rd new category of representation whilst the constitution only talks of two. The president can only be sued in his official and private capacity, there is nothing like ‘representation’. “In this case the president is sued in his private capacity therefore immune”, they argued.

While debating his arguments Tamocha said the orders sort against Masisi in his private capacity as a member of the 1st respondent (BDP). Tamocha argued that Former President Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama who is cited as the 3rd respondent in the matter, is the substantive and lawful President of the BDP. Tamocha asked the court to make a finding as whether Masisi holding the office of the presidency of the BDP in accordance with the constitution of the BDP.

Through an affidavit Former president Khama is expected to testify to court on whether he did resign as BDP president and therefore opening a vacancy to be filled by his then Vice president Mokgweetsi Masisi or not. Masisi has since became the state president and it is still not clear whether he became the party leader too. According to Tamocha, they also believed that Masisi would either have to withdraw his immunity under section 41 of the country’s constitution to allow for a proper determination of the question brought forth in relation to the presidency of the BDP.

He said this bearing in mind that one of their prayers to court were seeking that the sitting of Committees of the Central Committee including the Committee headed by the 4th respondent (Peter Siele) in terms of article 33 of the constitution of the 1st respondent (BDP), and the appeals committee is not proper because they have not been appointed by a substantive president, whom they believe it should have been Khama and not Masisi.

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BAD WEEK FOR MANCHESTER CITY

6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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