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Shots fired between Balopi and Panzirah-Matshome

The secretary general of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Mpho Balopi is having a run in with the party’s secretary for Communications, Roseline Panzirah-Matshome who is accusing him of blocking her trip to China following an invitation from the Embassy.

The two former friends are currently having a frosty relationship. The genesis of their fallout is linked to the blocked China trip and the impending campaign for the position of secretary general of the BDP. At the last congress, Panzirah-Matshome campaigned for Balopi but she has since withdrawn her support for Balopi and is linked to Samson Guma Moyo campaign. In addition Panzirah-Matshome is said to be lobbying to also become the deputy secretary general of the BDP.  

Panzirah-Matshome has through Dingake Law Partners challenged the alleged instruction from Balopi which called off her trip to China. “Roseline advices us that she had been invited, through the Chinese Embassy, to attend All China Woman’s Federation function for the period 10th September 2018 to 22nd September 2018. The said invitation came through to Roseline on or about the 29th August 2018 and immediately thereafter sought to obtain VISA for purpose of her travel. We understand the VISA was duly issued to her enabling her to undertake the said trip. Our instructions from Roseline are that you then facilitated to cancel or caused to facilitate the All China Woman’s Federation to cancel and or exclude Roseline from attending the said function.”

It is understood that Roseline’s invitation aforesaid was personal and therefore not linked to any organisation, least not any party. “Roseline has been informed by her contacts in China and from All China’s Women Federation that you have singularly caused the cancellation of her trip and without the party’s knowledge, notwithstanding you were specifically told the invitation was to her in her personal capacity and that if the party wished to nominate any other person, it could do so without affecting Roseline’s status.”

It is understood on behalf of the BDP, Balopi took advantage of the invitation and sent Goitse Phori, a central committee additional member on the China trip. Balopi has since responded to Panzirah-Matshome’s missive by simply denying the accusation through his lawyers, Bogopa, Manewe and Attorneys. Weekend Post has learnt that Panzirah-Matshome has since informed the leadership for the BDP about her frosty relationship with Balopi and the report is on Vice President Slumber Tsogwane’s desk.

Panzirah-Matshome is said to have been a victim of accusations aimed at tarnishing her relationship with the leadership if the party, especially President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi. She has been accused of leaking party information and not supporting the President or linked to the “fictitious Jerusalem faction”. Asked for comment, Panzirah-Matshome confirmed that there is disharmony between herself and the secretary general. She further confirmed that the Vice President is handling their issues and was confident they will be addressed amicably.

Asked to comment on the legal letters exchange Balopi said: “I have never received any letter from her through the lawyers. Maybe you can ask the secretariat at our offices. There is a process as to how we do things ever since we assumed power years ago. The letter will be directed to the party not Balopi.”

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