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Kokorwe to retire, Tawana pulls out

Speaker of the National Assembly Gladys Kokorwe will voluntary retire from her seat post the 2019 general elections after serving her term under President Ian Khama only, WeekendPost has established.

The decision to call it quits after the Khama administration was long made in 2014 when the former Kweneng South legislator was voted in as the speaker. By then, Kokorwe enjoyed backing from President Khama whose influence ensured the former Speaker Dr Margret Nasha bit the dust.

She defeated the previous speaker, Nasha, in a 41–21 vote which was done along party lines, Nasha having been re-nominated by opposition parties. By then, Nasha was also a BDP member, but had a fall out with President Khama.
Now, with Khama out of scene a source has told this paper that Kokorwe believes she has done her part under the past administration and now its turn to hand over the baton to others.

“She has always been clear that she will do the job during Khama’s reign and now that his term has elapsed it is anticipated that she leaves, more because President Mokgweetsi Masisi has his own circle which should surround him,” said a source.

It is highly maintained that the speaker does not enjoy as snug a relationship with Masisi as she did with Khama. “That’s the reason why she will go, gase motho wa ga Masisi and obviously for you to work you need support of your boss. It is not like Masisi dislikes her, no, she is not comfortable under him tota,” added a source.

Kokorwe could not be drawn to comment on th matter, rather, telling this reporter: “I will engage you at the right time with other journalists.” This publication could establish when the announcement would be made as her Secretary too, would not divulge any details pertaining to a press briefing. For the better part of her term, opposition members have decried that she and her deputy Kagiso Molatlhegi were biased towards them.

At the beginning of her term, she was known to be stern and would without flinching set parliamentary security officers on members she deemed was them trampling on parliamentary standing orders. Most notably Gaborone Central legislator Dr Phenyo Butale and Gaborone North MP Haskins Nkaigwa have been manhandled by parliament security officials.

However, Nkaigwa told this publication that the speaker has since improved. “She has improved a lot. Initially when she started she was bit harsh. But nowadays whenever she is around I have a chance to speak in parliament,” Nkaigwa said. All the while this publication has been made aware that the deputy speaker Molatlhegi has been earmarked for the position. “Who do you think will replace her; it is clear Cde Molatlhegi will take the seat. He won’t be contesting for elections in 2019 because he knows where he is going.”

On the other hand Nkaigwa believes Molatlhegi is harsh and biased whenever he is in charge of parliamentary proceedings. Efforts to solicit comment from Molatlhegi were unsuccessful at the time of print.  Maun West legislator Kgosi Tawana Moremi who is said to have hinted previously that he would contest for the post told this publication that he was only joking at the time. “No sir, it was just a joke I won’t be contesting for the position,” he said when asked about his ambition.

Informants told this paper that Tawana who has disclosed that he won’t be running for a second term, has made it clear to them that he will be vying for the speakership once parliament is dissolved next year. Already, it is said he has been asking for support from legislators across the political divide.

Meanwhile, former speaker of the national assembly, Pono Moatlhodi believes the current speaker just like her predecessor, Nasha, could have advocated for the independence of the parliament. “That’s what Nasha advocated for but because of the leadership then those motions were labelled as disruptive, and never saw the light of the day. Further she never threw MPs out of the house; she knew how to deal with legislators.

We only learn about this in the current parliament and it is highly undemocratic for a Commonwealth parliament to be administered like it is done currently.” Kokorwe is also said to have failed to address intensively the issue of live broadcasting of parliament proceedings.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

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The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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