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Khama warns PSP Morupisi

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.

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Botswana still weighing in on Maseko’s assassination

27th January 2023

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Lemogang Kwape says Botswana has not taken any position regarding the killing of a renowned human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, who was gunned down at his house in Mbabane, Eswatini.

In a brief interview with WeekendPost, Dr Kwape said Botswana has not yet taken any position regarding his death. He said the purported incident should be thoroughly probed before Botswana can form an opinion based on the findings of the inquiries.

“Botswana generally condemns any killing of human life by all means,” says Dr. Kwape. He wouldn’t want to be dragged on whether Botswana will support the suspension of Eswatini from SADC.

“We will be guided by SADC organ Troika if they can be an emergency meeting. I am not sure when the meeting will be called by Namibian president,“ he said.

However, the Namibian president Hage Geingob notes with deep concern reports coming out of Eswatini about the killing of Mr. Maseko. In a statement, he called upon the “Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini to ensure that the killing of Maseko is swiftly, transparently and comprehensively investigated, and that any or all persons suspected of committing this heinous crime are brought to justice.”

Maseko was chairperson of the Multi-Stakeholder Forum which was established as a coalition of non-State actors to advocate for a process of national political dialogue aimed at resolving the security and political challenges confronting the Kingdom.

“SADC expresses its deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Maseko, his friends, colleagues, and to the people of the Kingdom of Eswatini for the loss of Mr. Maseko. In this context, SADC further calls upon the people of the Kingdom of Eswatini to remain calm, exercise due care and consideration whilst the appropriate structures conduct the investigations and bring the matter to completion,” the statement says.

Geingob reiterated the need for peaceful resolution of the political and security challenges affecting the country.

Meanwhile political activists are calling on SADC to suspend Eswatini from the block including the African Union as well.

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Kopong Murder: Accused interferes with witnesses again!

27th January 2023

State prosecutor, Seeletso Ookeditse revealed before the Broadhurst Magistrate Jobbie Moilatshimo that the third accused involved in the murder of Barulaganye Aston, has interfered with the State witnesses again.

The second and third accused (Lefty Kosie and Outlwile Aston) were previously accused of interference when they were caught in possession of cellphones in prison. They were further accused of planning to kill the deceased’s brother, who is currently the guardian to the children of the deceased.

Ookeditse indicated that Outlwile had earlier went to challenge the magistrate’s decision of denying him bail at the High Court before Judge Michael Motlhabi.

“The third accused approached the High Court and made a bail application, which was dismissed on the same day,” Ookeditse said.

However, even after the High Court verdict on their bail application, the duo (Kosie and Aston) has once again applied for bail this week.

Ookeditse plead with the court to stop the accused from abusing the court process.

“Yesterday, Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) received papers of his bail application filed before the Broadhurst Magistrates Court. However, the papers do not speak to changed circumstances, therefore this back and forth about bail must be put to a stop,” said the State prosecutor.

While giving evidence before court, the Investigations Officer, Detective Inspector Quite Zhalamonto, said his investigations have proved that there is interference continuing regarding the accused trio.

He told the court that on the 12th of January 2023, he received a report from Thato Aston, who is the son of the accused and the deceased. The son had alleged to the Investigation Officer that he received a call from one Phillip Molwantwa.

According to Zhalamonto, Thato revealed that Molwatwa indicated that he was from prison on a visit to the Outlwile Aston and went on to ask where he was staying and where his siblings (Aston’s children) are staying.

“Thato revealed that Phillip went on to ask if he or his siblings saw their father murdering their mother, and he was referring to the crime scene. Thato told me that he, however, refused to answer the questions as he was afraid especially because he was asked about where him and his siblings stay,” said Zhalamonto.

Zhalamonto alluded to the court that he then went to Orange to confirm the communication between Thato and Molwantwa where he found the case.

“I have arrested Philip yesterday and when I interviewed him, he did not deny that he knows Aston and that he has indeed called Thato and asked questions as to where him and his siblings resides even though he failed to give reasons for asking such questions,” Zhalamonto told the court.

He further revealed that Molwantwa indicated that he had received a call from an unknown man who refused to reveal himself.

“Phillip told me that the unknown man said he was sent by the accused (Aston), and that Aston had instructed him to tell me to check if there was still some money in his bank accounts, and he also wanted to know where the kids were residing, the unknown man even asked him to meet at Main Mall” the Investigation Officer told the court.

He further informed the court that he is working tirelessly to identify the “unknown caller” and the route of the cell number.

Furthermore, the fourth accused, Kebaleboge Ntsebe, has revealed to the court through a letter that she was abused and tortured by the Botswana Police Services. She wrote in her letter that she suffered miscarriage as a result of being beaten by the police.

Ntsebe is on bail, while a bail ruling for Aston and Kosie will be delivered on the 6th of next month

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Ngamiland Cattle Farmers Gain Green Zone Revenue

27th January 2023

Cattle farmers from Eretsha and Habu in the Ngamiland district, supported by the Community Based Trade (CBT) project, recently generated over P300 000.00 for sales of 42 cattle to the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) in Maun. This milestone was achieved through support from various stakeholders in conservation, commodity-based trade and the government, in collaboration with farmers. Ordinarily, these farmers would not have made this direct sale since the area is a designated Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Red Zone.

Traditional livestock farming contributes toward livelihoods and formal employment in the North-West District (Ngamiland) of Botswana. However, primarily due to the increase in FMD outbreaks over the past two decades and predation by wildlife, the viability of livestock agriculture as a source of income has declined in the region. This has led to a greater risk of poverty and food insecurity. Access across the Okavango River (prior to the construction of a bridge) restricted access for farmers in Eretsha. This lack of access hampered sales of cattle beyond Shakawe, further discouraging farmers from investing in proper livestock management practices. This resulted in negative environmental impacts, poor livestock health and productivity.

To address this challenge, farmers are working with a consortium led by Conservation International (CI), with funding secured from the European Union (EU) to pilot a CBT beef project. The project focuses on supporting and enabling communal farmers to comply with standards and regulations that will improve their chances to access markets. An opportunity to earn higher income from cattle sales could incentivize the adoption of restorative rangelands management practices by farmers.

These collaborative efforts being piloted in Habu and Eretsha villages also include the Pro-Nature Enterprises Project for the People of Southern Africa, funded by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and Le Fonds français pour l’environnement mondial (FFEM). This complementary funding from AFD and FFEM supports the implementation of the Herding4Health (H4H) model and Rangeland Stewardship Agreements across four rangeland sites in Southern Africa, including Habu and Eretsha, to incentivize best practices that could offer sustainability in the long term for livelihoods, conservation and human-wildlife coexistence.

“We spend a lot of money getting our cattle to Makalamabedi quarantine site, the herder spends on average two months taking care of the cattle before they are taken into quarantine – that needs money. All these costs lead to us getting less money from BMC,” said one of the farmers in the programme, Mr Monnaleso Mosanga.

Farmers that participate in the project agree for their cattle to be herded and kraaled communally by fulltime professional herders (eco-rangers). At the core of this pilot is the use of predator-proof bomas (cattle kraals), planned grazing systems and mobile quarantine bomas (electrified enclosures) for the cattle, facilitated in support with the Department of Veterinary Services. The first successful exit from the mobile quarantine bomas in the Habu and Eretsha villages, in December 2022, saw cattle quarantined on-site and directly transported to BMC in Maun. Farmers received almost double the average sales within this region, as costs including transportation to quarantine sites, herder’s fees and other associated costs incurred before qualifying for BMC sales were no longer included.

“This pilot mobile quarantine is leveraging the techniques and protocols we are using at our current permanent quarantine sites, and we are still observing the results of the project. The outcome of this pilot will be presented to the World Organisation of Animal Health to assess its effectiveness and potentially be approved to be used elsewhere,” said Dr Odireleng Thololwane, the Principal Veterinary Officer (Maun).

Through co-financing of almost P1 billion from the Botswana government and Green Climate Fund, these interventions will be replicated, through The Ecosystem Based Adaptation and Mitigation in Botswana’s Communal Rangelands project, across the country. Both projects aim to improve the economic benefits of cattle owners and multitudes of Batswana households, while contributing to land restoration and climate change efforts by the Botswana government

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