Former President Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama has said he is aware of Permanent Secretary to the President, Carter’s Morupisi’s maneuvers to sabotage and frustrate him while at the same using his name (Khama) to ingratiate himself to President Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi.
Khama warned Morupisi that all that he is doing to him in his endeavor to protect his job will soon catch up with him. Despite escalating Morupisi to the position of PSP when he was President, Khama is now enduring a frosty relationship with this former blue eyed boy of his then administration, and he was quick to label him a ‘pretender’. The former President is concerned in his bid to please his current boss, President Masisi, Morupisi is doing so by undermining him, disparaging, frustrating and sabotaging him.
The PSP is the author of many of the letter and directives aimed at belittling or undermining his former boss. Khama revealed that Morupisi is at the centre of the infamous incident where he was denied a ride on a Debswana flight; he also spearheaded a campaign to blacklist me on government media; he is all over the country tarnishing my name when addressing civil servants; Khama said Morupisi’s crusade is ongoing, “but it will catch up with him.”
Khama continued: “Right now he is trying to sabotage me by announcing that I should not be allowed to sponsor football tournaments in villages where we hold Kgotla meetings, but I heard that people have told him that anyone is free to sponsor any tournament,” he said.
Khama said Morupisi has also moved to withdraw the public officers from his office. “There are public officers who have been seconded to this office and he has informed me that he will be withdrawing him, imagine there is no private secretary in this office at the moment,” observed Khama.
“In the constitution it is clear and stipulated as to how much staff compliment I can have but the PSP has the right to second additional staff anywhere but recently with this ongoing, he has indicated that he is going to withdraw that staff member claiming he wants to do things by the book meaning following the constitution, but the book also authorizes him to second”. “It is a deliberate thing to try to frustrate me but why”, he asked rhetorically.
The former President also revealed that Morupisi is also pushing to have the National Housing Appeal moved to the Office of the President, “but I have refused and made it clear that this is a private initiative.” Khama said when he left the Presidency the initiative ceased being called the Presidential Housing Appeal and it became the National Housing Appeal. “I have told them to come up with their own initiative at Office of the President,” he said.
According to Khama there are many houses being built for the less privileged by organizations and individuals, “I am wondering why they want this particular one. We are just going to continue on our own and build houses for the destitute people,” he said. The former President is of the view that Morupisi is on a campaign.
He explained: “When you have Ministers and other Permanent Secretaries sharing with me what he is saying to them, only he can explain. I have heard that he is feeling insecure that someone else is being groomed for his position, and he is trying his best to ingratiate himself by thinking that if he comes after me he will be a good boy and the more he does it he will be in the good books. It will come back to bite him one day,” Khama said.
According to Khama when Morupisi was PSP under him, he never allowed him to do the same with former presidents like Festus Mogae and Sir Ketumile Masire, going all out to try to disparage them. “He is writing me letters as if he is the Head of State, we don’t know how to what extent is he doing this on his own; and how much of it is delegated work. My life for the past 20 years and beyond has been dedicated to helping the people. Now comes a point in life where someone is trying to bring in personalities, jealousy, and pettiness. I see they are trying to employ the Bring him Down syndrome.”
Khama observed that the PSP was pretending all along when he worked with him. “You know some people will pretend that they are supportive of you while you are still holding leadership positions but you will come to know who your friends or true colleagues are when you are not in that position. Some people will be blown by the wind.
Generally we got on very well, but ever since 1st April, when he is seated with me he says one thing but when he goes back he is a different person because people come and tell me. He is definitely determined to undermine and sabotage me every way he can. There is no doubt about that, he is dishonest,” said Khama.
KHAMA NARATES SABOTAGE
Khama gave the example of an event he attended this past Saturday as the patron of Arts and Culture. He said he was at the Carnival Festival in Old Naledi where he was seated next to Minister of Youth Empowerment Sports and Culture Development , Thapelo Olopeng and the event was covered by Botswana Television but to his surprise they did make sure that they edit him out and did not appear anywhere in the footage.
The next day on Sunday, Khama attended the combined church service at Boipuso Hall and recalls someone remarking to him that the event is live and there is knowhow they will edit him out. “They were told I shouldn’t appear, this is happening and it is unfortunate”, he said. In another event Khama attended Dikgafela in Kanye but when he arrived at the event somebody told him they were told not to invite him to the event. “I said to myself now this is getting out of hand,” he said.
IF THEY DID NOT AGREE WITH ME THEY SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED
The former president who has been accused in some quarters of dictatorial tendencies pointed out that decisions that are being reversed today were those of a collective. Khama said it is extremely insincere for people to claim that the decisions were mine alone because they discussed openly in cabinet. “If you sat down with people who are supposed to advise you, they should not keep quiet and say you were the boss at the time, that’s not how democracy works”.
He went on to break it further and said collective responsibility does not mean that always agreed on everything. Khama cited the BREXIT debate in the UK where the Prime Minister had to deal with a situation where some ministers resigned because they did not agree with her position on BREXIT. “The others who stayed in the cabinet we assume therefore that they supported the outcome. The fact that they didn’t resign and remained in the system shows that they were part and parcel.”
He says however it can happen that you don’t agree but a decision has to made and move on and support it. However Khama said the situation in America is a bit different. He says that what is happening in America, Donald Trump is trying to cast reverse everything Barack Obama did, and “this is understandable because they are from different parties.” He said a leader’s focus cannot be to undo everything that their predecessor did when they are from the same party. “But I must point out that the current president is free to do whatever pleases him, whether I like it or not, I can’t do nothing.”
HE WILL PURSUE ISAAC KGOSI MATTER
On the Kgosi matter Khama said he is still pursuing the Isaac Kgosi matter because the reasons given to him about why he could not appoint Kgosi as his Senior Private Secretary are not convincing. “I have been part of this system, we have been giving people who are about to retire contracts on special circumstances. I know, I have been in this government for many years and know how it operates. They can’t really mislead me, it is clear that this is a personality thing.
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.
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.
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.