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Botswana Life Insurance launches International Investment Product

Botswana Life launched its International Investment Plan Product, designed to assist the legacy company’s Affluent Clients access Offshore Investments through Sanlam Global Investment Solutions on the first of November at Urban View Game City. 

Botswana Life Product Development Manager Ezweni Tshuma said: “As Botswana Life, they pride ourselves in developing solutions that make a positive difference in the lives of our customers. Part of the unique feature offered through this plan is allowing investors to view the transactions in their investment account over the internet. Each investor will be allocated a login name and access password that will allow them to monitor and view their investments.”

Ezweni, further said through this latest investment offering, Botswana Life expressed its commitment to creating a world where everyone is financially secure through long-term insurance solutions for individuals and groups. The plan is offered as a single International Investment Product, giving Affluent clients access to their investment value at any time, and will be distributed through accredited agents, Wealth Managers and contracted brokers working with Botswana Life’s Affluent team. 

Botswana Life Insurance Limited Acting Head of Affluent Thabiso Nkile said, they are passionate about offering their clients financial security. He said they want to make certain, that their clients are confident that they have them covered. He continue to say, the investment policy is yet another way in which they are able to achieve this, by providing their clients with a tool that helps them build a legacy for themselves and their loved ones, we are creating a platform that secures their future.”

Thabiso said this investment policy also allows the plan holder may be a natural person or legal entity such as a company, or trust, also allowing joint accounts, a maximum of 10 beneficiaries (including the main member) may be appointed. The policy will be distributed through Botswana Life’s Affluent distribution channels by accredited financial advisors and contracted brokers, and which has been specially designed to assist Botswana Life’s Affluent Clients. 

Amongst the dignitaries, who graced the launch was the newly appointed Botswana Life Insurance Limited CEO, Ronald James Samuels, Sanlam Global Investment Solutions Head of Operations, Michelle Moller and Botswana Democratic Party Secretary General, Mpho Balopi  who got the opportunity to interact with the newly appointed Botswana Life CEO, Mr. Ronald Samuels.

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.

Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021
LAWRENCE-OOKEDITSE

Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.

Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.

Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”

“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.

He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.

He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.

According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.

There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.

Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.

“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication.
The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.

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