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.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.