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UDC meets to calm down BCP, BMD

The main opposition party Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) will meet next week to address issues emanating from concerns registered by some of its contracting partners.

The UDC which is a coalition of Botswana National Front (BNF), Botswana Congress Party (BCP), Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) and Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) has admitted that it is facing some problems. Speaking to WeekendPost this week the BCP leader Dumelang Saleshando conceded when asked by this publication that “indeed there are a lot of problems in the UDC” but would not want to be drawn into discussing the matter further.

   
He stated that the UDC therefore will meet next week and top on the agenda will be to review the previous congress and the ‘state of affairs’ in the umbrella party and see whether congress resolutions have been fully implemented. Asked if it is true that the BCP is considering pulling out of the UDC, Saleshando treaded carefully only stating that “BCP has not yet taken a resolution at the Central Committee level”.

The BCP leader could only mention that: “BCP is still weighing its options and; it will surely be an agenda at the party next NEC meeting (before July).” For his part, the BMD leader, Sidney Pilane only had this to say: “I have read from our press that some may be thinking of leaving the UDC. Whereas once I regarded with interest what I read in the press, I long stopped doing so.

When it is in our press it is untrue; it is always the press pursuing an anti-UDC agenda and disseminating the carefully orchestrated propaganda of our political opponents. Until it actually happens, I will not believe it. If you want me to consider it as possibility, arrange for me to hear it from a source not associated with our press,” Pilane pointed out when contacted for comment by WeekendPost.

He continued: “if anybody does, we will cross that bridge when we get to it. We cannot cross a bridge which does not exist. Sir, I find that reporters either create these things, or get them from those whose aim is to undermine us and the UDC knowing of their fabrication the press will print them anyway. Kana I am saying to you that I do not believe you because of the lies you guys print about us almost daily,” the Advocate further highlighted.

For their part the BPP leader Motlatsi Molapisi said they were not aware of any contracting partner who is pulling out of the UDC. “I have never heard as I have not been attending the meetings but my colleagues never told me about those. We will address those when we meet on the 24th though we have not received anything official from UDC office.”

If reports of some contracting partners pulling out are anything to go by, there could be decisions ahead for the leading party, the BNF as it will have to choose to remain in the Umbrella with the BMD and the BPP or to ‘walk away’ with the BCP. Some political observers are of the view that the BNF is caught in a “political love triangle” of some sort.

Nelson Ramaotwana of the BNF issued a statement which he concluded thus: “I call upon BNF members to disregard baseless stories planted by faceless sources who are on DIS payroll. Journalists are not a problem. The problem is those of us who have an agenda to destroy other comrades by giving journalists false stories. Journalists should also go an extra mile of verifying information given to them by paid mercenaries.”

Meanwhile this week, the BCP leader, Saleshando made public pronouncements that he will contest for the 2019 general election in his home village of Maun. It is not clear if the BMD has acceded into giving him Maun West swapping it with Francistown West. Saleshando could not be drawn into discussing the matter.

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DJ Bafana’s one man show on the cards

21st February 2024

DJ Bafana, a talented DJ from Francistown, is gearing up to host his very own one-man show, a groundbreaking event that aims to not only showcase his skills but also empower fellow musicians. This ambitious project is currently in the planning stages, with DJ Bafana actively seeking out potential sponsors to help bring his vision to life.

In a recent interview with WeekendPost, DJ Bafana revealed that he is in talks with two potential venues, Limpopo Gardens and Molapo Leisure Gardens, to host his show. However, he is facing challenges in securing sponsorships from companies, particularly those who do not fully understand the importance of music-related events. Despite this setback, DJ Bafana remains determined to make his one-man show a reality and to use it as a platform to empower and support other artists in the industry.

What sets DJ Bafana’s show apart is the fact that he will be making history as the first person living with a disability to host a one-man show in Botswana. This milestone is a testament to his resilience and determination to break barriers and pave the way for others in similar situations. By showcasing his talent and passion for music, DJ Bafana is not only proving his worth as an artist but also inspiring others to pursue their dreams, regardless of any obstacles they may face.

As DJ Bafana continues to work towards making his one-man show a reality, he remains focused on his goal of empowering and uplifting his fellow musicians. Through his dedication and perseverance, he is setting an example for others to follow and showing that anything is possible with hard work and determination. The date for the show is yet to be announced, but one thing is for certain – DJ Bafana’s one-man show is sure to be a memorable and inspiring event for all who attend.

 

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Lady of Soul remains tenacious as ever

21st February 2024

Radio Personality Tebogo Sekgoma affectionately known as Lady of Soul is determined to keep pursuing her ambitions vigorously, in spite of hurdles and stumbling blocks.

In an exclusive interview with this publication, Sekgoma divulged that she is working on her memoir. Although she won’t reveal much, the broadcast veteran said she will essentially be telling the story of her life.

The former Sunday Live host is also serving as a board member (Secretary General) at Botswana Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (BABPS). She is actively involved in advocating for the rights of the visually impaired, a hiccup she refused to succumb to.

 

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Inside the new disability Law

21st February 2024

The new Disability Law in Botswana is a significant step towards ensuring the rights and inclusion of persons living with disabilities in the country. This act, which was passed into law on the 11th of December 2023, is a reflection of Botswana’s commitment to upholding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

One of the key provisions of the act is the prohibition of discrimination against persons with disabilities in work-related matters. This means that employers will no longer be able to discriminate against individuals based on their disability when it comes to hiring, promotion, or any other aspect of employment. This is a crucial step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

The act also establishes a National Disability Council, which will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the act and ensuring that the rights of persons with disabilities are protected. This council will play a vital role in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities and ensuring that they have equal access to opportunities in all areas of life.

In addition to prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, the act also sets out disability standards that must be adhered to by employers and other entities. These standards are designed to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to access the same opportunities and services as everyone else, without facing any barriers or discrimination.

Furthermore, the act provides for actions plans to be developed to address the needs of persons with disabilities, as well as administrative penalties and fines for those who fail to comply with the provisions of the act. This sends a clear message that discrimination against persons with disabilities will not be tolerated in Botswana.

Overall, the new Disability Law in Botswana is a positive step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all. By prohibiting discrimination in the workplace and setting out clear standards for the treatment of persons with disabilities, this act will help to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their abilities, have the opportunity to fully participate in society.

 

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