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Saleshando courts Boko to cajole AP into UDC fold

Opposition stalwart and Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Dumelang Saleshando has beseeched on the Umbrella for Democratic Party (UDC) President Duma Boko to reflect on courting Alliance for Progressives (AP) back into the UDC.

The one-year purple party, led by Ndaba Gaolathe left the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) following irreparable indifferences with the other group under the contentious Sidney Pilane who now remains as its leader.  Speaking to Weekend Post this week Saleshando insisted that UDC needs the AP and that they should do the needful to twist their (AP) arm as time for 2019 General Elections is fast gaining pace.

According to Saleshando, the UDC President Boko always says his mission is to unite all the opposition parties in Botswana and therefore coaxing AP provides him with the opportunity to reclaim his glory. “So hopefully he (Boko) will also take the necessary steps to cajole AP into the UDC fold in the shortest span of time. Already time is running out,” the BCP leader maintained to this publication.  He also said that: “the UDC leadership all know that we need AP more than they need us so it is not for me as Saleshando to say it. The UDC leadership is equally aware to this fact.”

The UDC Vice President also stated that unfortunately the UDC leadership structure haven’t met for sometime so it has not yet discussed the “danger” of AP being left alone to contest next elections separately from other opposition parties. “I believe we will be stronger with the AP. If left alone the party will split votes and maybe eat on the UDC vote as most opposition voters are likely to vote another opposition. Therefore, Boko and the UDC time is running out for the umbrella party to strike this crucial deal,” the ex two times Gaborone Central legislator said.  

Saleshando is also cautious that it won’t be smooth sailing in the Umbrella as is the nature of coalitions everywhere. “Coalitions by nature have positives and negatives. We can’t take positives only without the negatives. But one hopes negatives don’t outweigh positives,” he said. He gave a testimony that already he was confronted by some potential voters owing to BMD’s bloody fight involving fiery dogs that led to the party splitting.

“I was confronted in one of my campaigns negatively gore a ga se lona ba dintswa and you can’t say nnyaa ga se rona as we are in the same boat.” The UDC VP is aware that whatever conducts coming from other parties will affect the other as blood from the BMD has already spilled to them as evidenced by his testimony.

Why BCP won’t leave the UDC

In light of the development which might tarnish the stable BCP and the entire UDC project, Saleshando however told this publication that there is still no decision to think that the BCP is leaving UDC neither is there a call to consider the position. “I don’t think opting out of the umbrella would assist anything; the challenges that exist would be resolved. In the interest of our democracy, BCP should not leave and therefore 2019 should be about changing government. Our democracy needs to witness the transition from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to a new era.”

As you know, Saleshando said, UDC can’t win elections without BCP even though the last polls the green party garnered 20% of the popular vote so this essentially means that there cannot be any meaningful change without the BCP.  And for the BCP going alone, it will require more time to double the popular vote in 2019 and “we are alive to this following 2014 General Elections where we contested alone.”

Saleshando still hopeful UDC will win in 2019

Against all odds, the Maun West UDC candidate in the next elections still believes that his party will win the government. “I think we can win in 2019 as we are boosted by the past by elections which have proven that we are stronger and even made breakthrough in some BDP strongholds,” he emphasized. Meanwhile when reached for comment UDC spokesperson Moeti Mohwasa said the UDC’s position is that all opposition parties in Botswana should contest as one entity towards 2019 as “we are much stronger together.”

UDC retreat failed

Meanwhile the UDC retreat that was expected to take place between 1st June and 3rd June 2018 could not materialize owing to President Duma Boko’s engagement with Parliamentary business. This means that there is no movement on the issue of the UDC constitution, which is of grave concern to the BCP. Saleshando and his party wants the UDC to adopt the new constitution which recognizes the BCP formally. No new date has been set for the retreat.

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Botswana’s Legislative Milestone: Championing Disability Rights

27th February 2024

In a significant stride towards inclusivity, Botswana’s National Assembly has ratified the groundbreaking Persons with Disability Act. This legislation is a cornerstone in protecting the rights and promoting the economic well-being of individuals with disabilities

At the heart of this act is the creation of two pivotal bodies: the National Disability Coordinating Office and the National Disability Council. These institutions are set to revolutionize the integration of disability affairs into the national fabric, as outlined by the Minister for State President, Kabo Morwaeng. Morwaeng highlighted the alignment of this act with the global Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), underlining Botswana’s commitment to international standards in disability rights.

During his address to Parliament, Morwaeng disclosed Botswana’s inaugural CRPD report submission to the UN, underscoring the nation’s dedication to global dialogue on disability rights. Furthermore, he unveiled plans for a comprehensive assessment to understand the socio-economic realities of disabled individuals and their families. This initiative, complemented by the strengthening of existing programs, aims to empower this community, ensuring their integration and prosperity in society

Morwaeng’s call to action was clear. He urged a collective shift in developmental agendas to accommodate and prioritize disability issues, advocating for an inclusive societal framework.

An ambitious budget of P35,631,600 has been allocated to bridge gaps in Disability Economic Empowerment, alongside critical studies and the establishment of the National Emergency Operations Centre. Concluding his presentation, Morwaeng appealed to fellow governmental departments to allocate funds diligently to fulfill CRPD and Persons with Disabilities obligations, marking a new chapter in Botswana’s legislative history towards inclusive development.

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Kabo Matlho’s Majestic Reentry Descends Upon a Solo Venture

27th February 2024

Kabo Matlho, a luminary whose fame once graced the grand finale of My Star, is poised to enchant the music realm once more with an upcoming solo venture—an RnB and Hip-Hop Extended Play (EP)—heralding his grand resurgence after a hiatus that spoke volumes.

During a telephonic confab with our editors, the virtuoso, navigating the world from the confines of his wheelchair, confided that while the exact launch date of the EP remains shrouded in mystery, he is fervently working towards a mid-2024 reveal. Matlho shared the trials of his odyssey, especially the cold shoulder he received from the industry ambushes, crediting the harsh exclusion to his physical predicament.

“The scene calls me once more, for the absence has been both a sabbatical and a shadow. The road for an artist, enveloped in the embrace of wheels, is strewn with fewer welcomes and scarce stages. Yet, herein I forge my return, with the precise hour of my EP’s birth still nestled in the coming chapters, assuredly within this year’s embrace,” Matlho unveiled with a determination that shone bright.

 

Probed on his choice for a solo EP, the melody weaver expressed a desire to not only rekindle his essence but to stand solitary under the spotlight, nurturing his brand to vigor before possibly blending it with the talents of others—once his career phoenix rises anew from its ashes.

Elaborating on his Extended Play, Matlho shared visions of its essence, where the soul of RnB intertwines with the spirited rhythm of Hip-Hop, crafting an audial tapestry that not only returns to his roots but also ventures into previously uncharted territories of his musical domain. With resilience, Matlho faces the crossroads of his artistry, embracing the whisperings of Hip-Hop that tease the boundaries of his comfort, embarking on this path with a heart both apprehensive and ablaze.

 

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BODANSA strikes gold with a handsome P45K windfall from Turnstar Holdings

27th February 2024

The Botswana DanceSport Association (BODANSA) has been graced with a financial boon of P45,000 courtesy of Turnstar Holdings. This generous endowment is earmarked for the illustrious Botswana International Dance Sport Grand Prix Championships, which are scheduled to animate Gaborone from Friday to Saturday.

At a media engagement held early today, BODANSA’s Marketing Maestro, Tiro Ntwayagae, shared that Turnstar Holdings Limited has bestowed a gift of P45,000 towards the grand spectacle.

“We are thrilled to announce that this backing will enable us to orchestrate a cultural soirée at the Game City Marque locale, a night brimming with cultural fervor set for March 1, 2024, from 6pm to the stroke of midnight.

This enchanting space will also serve as the battleground for the preliminaries of traditional dance ensembles—spanning the rhythmically rich Setapa to the euphoric beats of Sebirwa, the spirited Seperu, the heavenly Hosana, and more—in a competition folded into the Traditional Dance Groups Category. The ensemble that dances into the judges’ hearts will clinch a grand prize of P10,000,” elaborated Ntwayagae.

He further illuminated that the cultural eve would not only celebrate traditional melodies but also the fresh beats of contemporary dance variants including Hip Hop, Sbujwa, Amapiano, among others, in a dazzling display of modern dance mastery.

Moreover, these championships carry the prestigious recognition by the World DanceSport Federation as a qualifying round for the Breakdance category for the Paris 2024 Olympics. “This is a monumental opportunity for athletes to leap towards their Olympic dreams during one of the penultimate qualifiers,” underscored Ntwayagae.

Looking ahead to March 2, 2024, the festivities will propel into the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Arena for the championship’s climactic showdowns encompassing Breakdance, Latin, and Ballroom Dancing.

 

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