President Mokgweetsi Masisi is reported to be ‘seriously’ considering the idea to cajole Botsalo Ntuane to be the next Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Secretary General as the party readies for next year’s elective congress.
Ntuane is the immediate former secretary general, who lost to Mpho Balopi at last year congress in Tonota. The idea comes as some party loyalists continue to caution Masisi about the current Secretary Mpho Balopi. Sources say, Balopi misinform his principals especially president on a number of issues including the suspension and expulsion of some party members. It is said all these are done in bad faith as he wants to remain the only one close to Masisi and wield power.
The suspension of BDP’s Mogoditshane constituency candidate Tshepang Mabaila, biased primary elections hearing and other reforms including cancellation of the BDP Youth Wing Congress are hinted as typically example of Balopi’s ill-informed influences. Already it is said a contingent has met with Masisi and sold him Ntuane’s name. The basis of the concerned group is Ntuane can be the unifying factor for the party which its divisions are reaching crescendo.
“By the time he left the post he did nothing wrong and even in the past congress he was preaching unity. He despised factions and for that, we should make him our SG,” one of the concerned group mates revealed. Before suggesting Ntuane who is reported to be reluctant to take the post, the party members came up with Samson Moyo Guma to be considered. It was immediately thrown out of the window because of trust issues. “It seems they are not eating from the same plate and His Excellency was at pains accepting the name until Ntuane’s was presented,” said an informant on Thursday morning.
Though it is not clear as to why Masisi could not accept Moyo who is one of the opinion leaders in the party, a source says, the conflict emanates from the latter’s silent decision to break ranks with Masisi’s camp after being left out of cabinet in April this year. Masisi himself is said to have seriously considered the advice to have Ntuane as his right hand man especially that the party is headed to the crossroads. “It is not like he committed to the advice but it is quite clear that he somehow blessed the idea subject to negotiations with his peers,” added a source.
Information shared to this publication depicts Ntuane as an undecided man who can take the offer but also reluctant under the current circumstances. It is said, Ntuane who headed the Secretariat office under ex-president Ian Khama wants to be formally approached with convincing reasons why he should come back to that position.
“Again trust issues come into play, remember the last congresses Ntuane decided to contest for the same position a sena lekgamu. He preached unity and how would the same people who opposed him want him, strange isn’t it? But to be honest he is open to negotiations but one thing he wants is trust and honesty, he doesn’t want betrayal,” another source told this paper. Balopi is said to be under immense pressure from the democrats with some of his supporters in last year’s congresses sweet-talking Jacob Nkate for the same.
This is a sign that Balopi could be an unwanted man at the Tsholetsa House. Another candidate is Guma Moyo who is said to be contesting from a parallel faction. All these now leave Ntuane as the strong candidate-should he agree to take the seat.
I AM ON SBATTICAL LEAVE- NTUANE
Ntuane has however indicated to this publication that he is not aware of the proposal to have him back as party secretary general, indicating that following his loss at last year’s congress, he has decided to keep low profile and not seek re-election anytime soon. “I have never been approached, formally or informally and I am not even aware of the talk of having me back,” Ntuane said Thursday night. “I am not interested and I have no intention of contesting for any central committee position at next year’s congress. I am on sabbatical leave.”
MASISI WARNS AGAINST SELF INFLICTED PAINS
At last weekend’s Women Wing meeting President Masisi is said to have bluntly told democrats to desist from tearing the party down, saying all the current divisions and unrest is because of the members who claim to love the party. A particular reference he made according to those who attended the meeting held in Mogoditshane, the president lamented more about members dragging the party to the courts of law. It is said Masisi was emotional such that he even threatened to resign if the party diehards decide to create instability.
The case in which his legitimacy as the party president has been challenged more than once irk him the most; first it was predecessor Khama and this week Lobatse primary elections losing candidate Kabal Jacobs challenged Masisi’s presidency before withdrawing the matter. Coming back united next year is one of the resolutions Masisi is praying for. This will ensure the party enters the much anticipated 2019 elections as united force ready to win the election and correct a less than 50 percent popular vote.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.