Tati west Member of Parliament, Biggie Butale has through his lawyers, Monthe Marumo & Co written to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) demanding that the decision of the party’s Appeals Board to deny him a re-run as recommended by the Tati west region be set aside.
Butale has given the BDP until Monday 19th November 2018 to have reverted failing which he has instructed his lawyers to approach the High Court on a certificate of urgency to have the decision of the Appeals Board set aside. According to a letter written by P.T Moakofhi of Monthe Marumo &Co, “The Appeals Board erred by deciding the appeal on matters not placed before it for determination and or matters not raised by the appellant on appeal. The decision of the Appeals Board was not supported and or informed by any evidence and or submissions made by the parties involved. The decision is therefore liable to be set aside.”
The letter further notes that the sole contention on Appeal by Mr Simon Moabi (a BDP primary election opponent of Butale) as evidenced by his appeal letter dated 7th October 2018 was that Butale failed to follow laid down procedure and therefore his appeal should have been nullified in terms of Party Primary Elections Regulations.
The North East Regional Committee had granted Butale a re-run because it observed that provisions of the Primary Elections Rules and Regulations were violated during the conduct of elections. However the BDP Appeals Board overturned the decision of the Regional committee.
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.