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Kwelagobe calls for BDP unity

Veteran politician and former Member of Parliament for Molepolole South, Daniel Kwelagobe has made a disparate plea to his fellow party members within the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to be united ahead of next year’s general elections.

Speaking during a star rally to welcome new members into the party in Tonota, Kwelagobe admitted that of late peace has been eluding the ruling party. Soon after Lt Gen Ian Khama left office, cracks started emerging between him and his successor Mokgweetsi Masisi. The fallout played out in public, with observers indicating that the stand-off may cost the ruling party elections in next year’s polls. During his maiden State of the Nation Address, Masisi told the nation that the transition from the previous administration has not been as smooth as expected. 

In an unexpected turn of events, Masisi indicated that in his attempt to smoothen the process, he engaged senior citizens such as former president Festus Mogae and others to assist and lead in smothering the transition but his efforts have not borne fruit up to now. “We want to see peace prevailing in our beloved party. There are some people who are bringing instability within BDP, we should not tolerate such people,” the former BDP chairman disclosed. DK as he is popularly known in political cycles stated that unlike other political parties, BDP has the capability to resolve its internal squabbles amicably.

“The founding president of BDP, the late Sir Seretse Khama once gave a powerful speech during our elective congress in 1971, which was held in Francistown. Seretse’s message was about peace within the party,” Kwelagobe recalled amid ululations from the crowd. Kwelagobe, once the party’s most influential figure had spent over 40 years as a member of the Central Committee of which, 27 years he was the secretary general. 

Kwelagobe is also the longest serving and youngest person ever to be elected a legislator and to serve in the cabinet. He was first elected MP in 1969, serving under four presidents in the process, becoming the only BDP member to achieve that feat. DK bowed out of the BDP Central Committee at Tonota Congress in 2017, but has been a close to the party developments since Masisi ascended to the presidency. The party stalwart reiterated that the party should introspect ahead of next year’s general elections for it to remain in power. 

Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane echoed Kwelagobe’s sentiments. Tsogwane who is also party Chairman, lamented that BDP performed dismally in 2014 general elections due to internal squabbles.  The party amassed a paltry 47% popular vote, the worst in its history.  “In the build up to the 2014 general elections our party was marred by internal fights which led to some Members of Parliament defecting to the opposition and that really hit us hard,” Tsogwane told multitudes of BDP members who attended the political gathering. The Vice President explained that if the BDP continues to be marred by internal instability, it will lose voters good will as Batswana do not trust political parties surrounded by internal differences.

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Why Katholo engaged private lawyers against State

16th May 2022
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The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.

In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.

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Dada to break Kwelagobe’s BDP long standing record

16th May 2022
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Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.

While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.

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The Gulaam Husain Abdoola – Dubai sting detailed

16th May 2022
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Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.

Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.

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