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BCPs Rakgare contests as Independent against UDC

Former Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Youth League President Tumiso Rakgare will contest Mogoditshane constituency in next year’s general elections as an Independent candidate, WeekendPost can authoritatively reveal.

Rakgare, who was contesting under the BCP ticket, came second in the 2014 general elections, garnering 3846 vote against the eventual winner, Sedirwa Kgoroba who got 4180 votes under Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) banner. Kgoroba has since joined the newly formed Alliance for Progressives (AP). Impeccable sources have informed this publication that Rakgare is among disgruntled BCP firebrands who have resolved to go solo following an unsuccessful bid to have constituency allocation by the leadership of the UDC.

Subsequent to the split of the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), which saw the party losing six Members of Parliament to newly formed AP, some within the coalition parties, BCP and Botswana National Front (BNF) in particular wanted the constituency allocation revised.  Proponents of revising constituency allocation argued that BMD had weakened following its split, therefore its capacity to deliver the constituencies it was allocated had diminished. The efforts to have the February UDC congress discussing this matter failed.

Rakgare, then a youth league president was among those who opposed the BCP decision to join UDC, a resolution which was arrived at following the 2015 BCP Kanye Congress. Though Rakgare gave in afterwards, he never shied away from stating that the UDC council and parliamentary candidates should be directly elected by the membership, open to all members of the coalition parties. Rakgare also wanted the UDC president to be someone elected by the membership.

“Remember general membership would not participate or have a direct say on the kind of cooperation model to be adopted, but they can take part in voting for their preferred representatives. People should be allowed to directly elect the President, a person who would lead the coalition government,” Rakgare told WeekendPost in 2016.  WeekendPost has gathered that Rakgare has begun to lobby both BCP and BNF councillors to support his candidature with an understanding that he will join the opposition coalition once he wins the constituency.

WeekendPost has established that, the BCP activists in Mogoditshane are so disgruntled that three of the four candidates who were scheduled to contest wards allocated to BMD withdrew their candidature in protest to the announcement that BMD new recruit, Bruce Nkgakile will contest as a UDC candidate for Mogoditshane. When reached for comment, Rakgare denied the reports suggesting that he will contest Mogoditshane constituency as an independent candidate.

“That is news to me; I have never at any point made such decision or announcement and you know I have long detached myself from politics to focus on my career. These are just efforts to jeopardize my job,” he said. Rakgare’s ally, who spoke to this publication, said part of the former youth league’s president’s plan is to convince his colleagues not to withdraw their candidature in the wards allocated to the party.

“The BCP in Mogoditshane knows it has numbers, and that Rakgare already has a base in the constituency. If he [Rakgare] works closely with UDC councillors in the constituency, he will garner more support to win the constituency,” revealed the source. Rakgare’s supporters in the constituency believe the 2014 loss to UDC, a coalition of three parties then, with less than 500 votes, gives him an upper had to win the constituency than the current UDC candidate.

Several BCP activists, including Phagenyana Phage, Vain Maimela among others have expressed their displeasure with the way things have turned out at the mother party. Maimela recently lost his parliamentary berth when BCP traded Francistown West for Maun West after a lengthy squabble over the constituency. Party structures have rejected the party decision, with reports indicating that Maimela may run as an independent candidate in the constituency. The Francistown West is a BCP stronghold, with recent victory in the Moselewapula Ward attesting to the party’s strength in the constituency. 

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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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