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Masisi orchestrates plan to kill Khama’s image

State broadcasters, Botswana Television (BTV) and Radio Botswana (RB) are the latest ammunitions to be drawn in a pungent vendetta involving President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama, WeekendPost can reveal.

This publication has reliably been informed that, in the wake of a feud involving the two, a plan has been orchestrated by Masisi to relegate Khama to obscurity. This week a directive from the Office of the President instructed Mass Media top hierarchy to cut-off Khama in the government owned mediums. As of Monday this week, Khama would no longer appear on Btv, Radio Botswana, Daily News as well as Kutlwano Magazine, Weekend Post has established.

The instruction first reached Mass Media on Sunday evening, followed by an official communiqué on Monday morning. Independent producers who supply Btv with content have since been informed of the development and told to comply or risk having their programmes rejected.
“A directive came on Sunday afternoon saying there should be thorough scanning for programs especially those submitted by outside producers to cut-away Khama in all their materials or discard them altogether. For the whole of the afternoon, Prime Time content was thoroughly screened,” informant revealed this week.

The source indicated that OP has developed more interest in independent content producers, but less in those that are produced in-house including news bulletin because OP has control over them. The directive which came from the Permanent Secretary to the President asked the gate keepers to throw away any material from independent content providers that have former president. It is argued that Masisi believes Khama will gain ‘political and undeserved mileage’ through a certain production house which normally covers his ‘charitable’ initiatives.

Although the reasons from Morupisi are silent over political mileage claims, sources say it is clear political expediency playing itself out. “We are focused on delivering government material to Batswana. We give priority to those who push government initiatives like President, his vice, and ministers. We are not going to give him (Khama) airtime because both BTV and Radio Botswana are pushing mananeo a ga goromente (government initiatives) and what is he pushing?” Morupisi said in an interview with this publication.

BTV and RB are regarded as potent tools good enough to kill Khama’s image and starve him the influence that he seeks to continue exert even after leaving office. Khama has been continued to advance his flagship initiatives, donating houses through the renamed, National Housing Appeal (formerly Presidential Housing Appeal) and as well as pushing charitable initiatives of the Lady Khama, which he is its patron. Before the feud between the two reached a boiling point, state broadcasters, Khama’s initiatives received coverage in a number of programmes.

Morupisi has remained resolute that the decision taken by government in relation to starving Khama publicity is in line with the mandate of government media.  “Like I said he is no longer of any significance to the government so we will not [give him coverage]. We do not give former presidents priority,” he said. Khama who during his administration hated private media with passion has aligned himself, with private media for coverage.

Khama also championed black out on opposition parties during his leadership and even went to the extent of instructing the removal of some programmes such as Matlhoapage, because it gave opposition political mileage. Khama’s latest addresses and initiatives have been publicised by the independent press.  

Among the issues that have been hinted to have created a standoff between the once confidantes is the refusal by Masisi’s to deliver on a number of promise he agreed with Khama. At the centre of the dispute is Masisi’s decision to refuse to avail aircraft to Khama to use and reversal of a number of the latter’s key decisions. These include the firing of founding Director General of the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) Isaac Kgosi. The feud was exacerbated by the refusal of the OP to hire Kgosi as Khama’s Private Secretary.

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People with Disabilities Face Barriers to Political Participation in Botswana

23rd February 2024

Individuals challenged by disabilities encounter formidable obstacles when endeavoring to partake in political processes within the context of Botswana. Political involvement, a cornerstone of democratic governance, empowers citizens to shape the legislative landscape that impacts their daily existence. Despite Botswana’s reputation for upholding democratic ideals, recent insights unveil a troubling reality – those with disabilities find themselves marginalized in the realm of politics, contending with substantial barriers obstructing the exercise of their democratic liberties.

A recent inquiry in Botswana unveiled a panorama where individuals with disabilities confront hurdles in navigating the political arena, their involvement often restricted to the basic act of voting. Voices emerged from the study, underscoring the critical necessity of fostering environments that are accessible and welcoming, affording individuals with disabilities the active engagement they rightfully deserve in political processes. Noteworthy was the account of a participant grappling with physical impairments, shedding light on the glaring absence of ramps at polling stations and the urgent call for enhanced support mechanisms to ensure an equitable electoral participation.

The echoes reverberating from these narratives serve as poignant reminders of the entrenched obstacles impeding the full integration of individuals with disabilities into the democratic tapestry. The inaccessibility of polling stations and the glaring absence of provisions tailored to the needs of persons with disabilities loom large as formidable barricades to their political engagement. Particularly pronounced is the plight of those grappling with severe impairments and intellectual challenges, who face even steeper hurdles in seizing political participation opportunities, often grappling with feelings of isolation and exclusion from the political discourse.

Calls for decisive action cascade forth, urging the establishment of more inclusive and accessible political ecosystems that embrace individuals with disabilities in Botswana. Government bodies and concerned stakeholders are urged to prioritize the enactment of laws and policies designed to safeguard the political rights of individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, initiatives geared towards enhancing awareness and education on political processes and rights for this segment of society must be spearheaded, alongside the adoption of inclusive measures within political institutions and party structures.

By dismantling these barriers and nurturing a political landscape that is truly inclusive, Botswana can earnestly uphold its democratic ethos and afford every citizen, including those with disabilities, a substantive opportunity to partake in the political fabric of the nation.



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Neo Kirchway- Defying the odds

23rd February 2024

In the heartwarming tale of Neo Kirchway, a beacon of inspiration emerges, shining brightly amid life’s adversities.

Defying the constraints of destiny, Neo Kirchway, a resilient Motswana soul now thriving in the United States, stands tall despite the absence of her lower limbs. With unwavering determination, she tends to her cherished family – a loving husband and four children – engaging in the daily symphony of household tasks with remarkable grace.

Neo’s indomitable spirit traces back to the fateful year of 1994, a time when medical intervention called for the amputation of her curled legs. Embracing this pivotal juncture with unwavering courage and the blessing of her mother, she ventured forth into a world adorned with prosthetic legs, eager to script a tale of triumph.

Venturing beyond borders, Neo’s journey led her to the embrace of the United States, where serendipity intertwined her fate with that of her soulmate, Garrett Kirchway. Together, this harmonious duo navigates the ebbs and flows of life, their bond fortified by unwavering love and unyielding support.

In a bid to illuminate paths and embolden hearts, Neo leverages the digital realm, crafting a sanctuary of empowerment on her YouTube channel. Brimming with authenticity and raw emotion, her videos chronicle the tapestry of her daily life, serving as a testament to resilience and the unwavering human spirit.

Amidst the digital cosmos, Neo, affectionately known as “KirchBaby,” reigns supreme, a luminary in the hearts of 658,000 enraptured subscribers. Through her captivating content, she not only navigates the mundane tasks of cooking, cleaning, and childcare but also dances with celestial grace, a testament to her boundless spirit and unyielding zest for life.

In the cathedral of Neo Kirchway’s narrative, resilience reigns supreme, echoing a universal truth – that amidst life’s gales, the human spirit, when kindled by hope and fortitude, emerges as a beacon of light, illuminating even the darkest of paths.


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Inequalities Faced by Individuals with Disabilities

22nd February 2024

The government’s efforts to integrate individuals with disabilities in Botswana society are being hampered by budgetary constraints. Those with disabilities face inequalities in budgetary allocations in the health and education sectors. For instance, it is reported that the government allocates higher budgetary funds to the general health sector, while marginal allocations are proposed for the development and implementation of the National Primary Health Care guidelines and Standards for those with Disabilities. This shows that in terms of budgetary solutions, the government’s proposed initiatives in improving the health and well-being of those with disabilities remain futile as there is not enough money going towards disability-specific health programs. On the other hand, limited budgetary allocations to the Special Education Unit also are a primary contributor to the inequalities faced by children with disabilities. The government only provides for the employment of 15 teachers with qualifications in special education despite the large numbers of children with intellectual disabilities that are in need of special education throughout Botswana. Such disproportional allocation of resources inhibits the capacity to provide affordable and accessible assisted technology and residential support services for those with disabilities. Given the fact that a different amount of resources have been availed to the education and health sectors, the general understanding is that the government is not doing enough to ensure that adequate resources are distributed to disability-specific programs and facilities such as barrier-free environments, residential homes, and special education schools for children with disabilities.


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