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BDP adopts MPs election plan

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is set to send the “bed ridden opposition parties” to the cleaners, following the adoption of the 2019 elections strategy.

The plan was expected to be presented to party President Mokgweetsi Masisi but after the president missed two consecutive party meetings, the party decided share the strategy with party chairman and Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane. This publication is reliably informed that Tsogwane has endorsed the strategy that was drafted by the BDP backbenchers. It is said the plan, aimed at “making the opposition irrelevant” will be fully implemented post the party’s primary elections billed for August 11.

In the plan, the backbenchers have made an attempt to address some contentious issues, particularly in their constituencies. At the top of the grievances, especially from the northern block backbenchers, is the issue of human and wildlife conflict. “Elephants are terrorizing people in those areas. Agriculture is suffering with people being killed also. The remedies implemented by the communities have failed and now we have no option but to kill them. By the way the elephant population has increased,” party chief whip, Liakat Kablay confirmed the sentiments of meeting.

The minister responsible for Environment, Tshekedi Khama has assured the party that they are working on a plan to curb the conflict. It is said SADC ministers will converge for a meeting to deliberate on how to deal with terrorizing wild animals. “It is not only about wild animals, but there should be a well functional cordon fence to prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease, MPs in those areas say the reason why foot and mouth is rampant is because of lack of political will,” added Kablay.

Meanwhile Tsogwane has also adopted the plan to give Batswana land. “People have applied for land and have been waiting and the waiting list keeps on growing yet we can see we have land. The government should go all out and give Batswana land. We should go back to the old system of giving people land then services like water and electricity will find them,” one MP reportedly stated at the meeting.

Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services, Itumeleng Moipisi told backbenchers that they are “still working out the maps which will take time”. Another question to the ministry was regarding the whereabouts of the P1.5 billion requested from the World Bank to avail water for Batswana was not adequately answered, according to sources.

With an estimated unemployment rate of 17.6% the party’s concerned members want the president to accelerate job creation in Botswana. “People want sustainable jobs not Ipelegeng and they are angry out there. It was also requested to increase the monies of Youth Grant to P2million so that a number of them would benefit,” Chief whip said. Tsogwane, according to the chief whip said government was working on most of the recommendations and that there were a lot of things to be done. The VP assured that government was considering all these to ensure Batswana are satisfied.

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BAD WEEK FOR MANCHESTER CITY

6th February 2023

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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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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