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Khama moves to topple Masisi

The bad blood between President Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi and his predecessor Lt Gen Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama has reached new levels, with the latter now claiming that he is still the president or leader of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

The basis for Khama claim to BDP Presidency is that he says he has never resigned from the position of party president. He states that he only vacated the Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Botswana. Weekend Post gathers that Khama intends to attend and chair the next BDP central committee meeting.

Khama is said to have asked party secretary general, Mpho Balopi to seek legal advice on his tenure as BDP president before he vacates State House on 1st April 2018, but Balopi did not undertake the task. In fact he was dismissive of Khama’s suggestion. Effectively, Khama has shared that President Dr Masisi is not a member of the central committee because he resigned his chairmanship and handed to his Vice President Slumber Tsogwane. According to some insiders, Khama has already consulted his lawyers on the matter and he intends to stake his claim to the presidency of the party.

With this move, Khama is understood to be trying to put in motion a plan to remove Masisi from the Presidency. This will likely see the BDP forced into an early congress that may require the election of a new party who may have to be quickly shipped to State House as well. Weekend Post has gathered that Khama and his supporters already have a candidate to take on Masisi for the presidency of the BDP.

While the BDP constitution provides that the State President is automatically the leader of the BDP, it does not spell out the process of a vacating State President. Khama is of the view that he should have resigned his post of party President but he never did. Khama was re-elected BDP president in 2014 at a special congress just before the general election, he was unopposed.

To aver the situation as penning out from Khama circle some BDP faithful are calling for the removal of Permanent Secretary to the President, Carter Morupisi from the office, they reason that he is the source of the conflict between the President and his predecessor. But others point out that Morupisi could merely be taking instructions from the current President.

On the other hand others are calling on the two leaders to have a one on one or face to face meeting to discuss their differences and give and take. Masisi and Khama friction has reawakened factions in the BDP and party loyalists are forced to choose between the former and current. Khama is seen as an influential figure especially in his heartland of GaMmagwato where he is the paramount chief. Coincidentally the BDP numbers are predominantly from this area.

President Dr Masisi has visited two regions so far, and he received mixed reviews in the central region after his Serowe kgotla meeting. In the Kweneng region he has the support of the structure albeit there are some who do not agree with the modus operandi meted on the former president. Masisi has been advised not escalate his so called beef with Khama especially before the 2019 general election.

Meanwhile Khama is said to have made it clear that he has reached a point there cannot be any reconciliation because it is likely to be an attempt to keep him calm just for the sake of the 2019 general election and then whole circle rekindles just after elections. He used the words, “I will not be in a position to be used to win elections and be dumped thereafter,” he is reported to have told his close allies.

With Khama going legal about it through Collins Newman Attorneys, some in the BDP fear that he may be at a point of no return as far as his conflict with Masisi is concerned. But for some, there is a ray of home, as they are of the view that Khama could just be throwing the dice to get the Masisi camp worked up.

The BDP has held two central committee meetings since Khama vacated office, and on Monday there will be a crucial central committee meeting that will deal with appeals lodged by primary election candidates. Khama’s lawyers are said to have advised him to attend this meeting as the first step to asserting his authority as a BDP president.

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BAD WEEK FOR MANCHESTER CITY

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After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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