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Guma Moyo rejected Cabinet

Guma Moyo rejected Cabinet

Tati East Member of Parliament, Samson Guma Moyo is reported to have declined Cabinet appointment this week. Moyo is one of the returning and experienced Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) legislators after the 2014 general elections that saw the party retaining power albeit with a reduced majority in Parliament.


Moyo who once served in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning as a junior Minister was expected to be named in the new Cabinet. He was one of the few ruling party candidates who were launched by President Lt Gen Ian Khama in the 2014 election campaign.


The legislator unceremoniously resigned from his position as BDP chairman after accusations came flying thick and fast to the effect that he orchestrated the fall of high profile Cabinet ministers during the ruling party’s primary elections. In response to the accusations, Guma Moyo wrote a letter to President Khama resigning his post ‘in the interest of the party’.


It is understood that in declining the cabinet appointment, Guma Moyo made it clear that he wants to focus on some of his private affairs especially in the business arena. He is a known business person and his ambitions sprung outside the borders of Botswana.


Contacted for comment Guma Moyo could not comment on the subject. “Some of the issues I will rather not make a comment,” he said.


President Khama praised Guma Moyo’s decision to resign from chairmanship describing it as selfless and exemplary. He agreed that the Member of Parliament elevated the interest of the party ahead of his. Guma Moyo was subsequently replaced by the former Vice President, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe.


Some have touted Guma Moyo’s omission from cabinet as a positive indication that he could be the country’s next Vice President, but all pointers demonstrate that this assumption is far-fetched. This publication learns that he was invited to Cabinet but he declined.

 

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Woman swindled out of P62 000 by fake CID officers

17th June 2021
Motube

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.

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BCP walks out of UDC meeting

15th June 2021
Boko and Saleshando

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.

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Katlholo wins against DPP

15th June 2021
DCEC DIRECTOR: Tymon Katlholo

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.

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