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Kenosi told to remove donated dust bins in Shashe West

Former Secretary General of the Botswana Teachers’ Union (BTU), Ibo Nana Kenosi who is rumored to be harboring political interests in the Shashe West constituency has been instructed by the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) North East regional committee to take down dust bins he recently donated and mounted in several villages in the constituency.

The branch secretary, Modiri Mpungwa has written a letter to Kenosi instructing him to remove all the litter bins he donated and mounted across the constituency without fail. Kenosi is accused of contravening BDP primary elections rules and regulations through his philanthropic work.

Shashe West Member of Parliament is Assistant Minister of Education, Fidelis Mmilili Molao. Fears are that Kenosi has launched a “premature campaign” to remove Molao. The former union man has also donated computers to schools, financed prize giving ceremonies, and sold 100 goats at P1000 to the govern ment’s Nyeletso Lehuma initiative to help deal with a backlog.

Kenosi is accused of mounting dust bins with his name and picture in the constituency. Mpungwa stated in a letter he wrote to Kenosi that if he does not abide by the committee’s instruction, they will be left with no choice but to vet him out. In his response, Kenosi seems surprised that Mpugwa makes mention BDP primary elections. He stated that he donated the dust bins as a social responsibility because he is also a constituent. He is of the opinion that his philanthropic work should not be connected to primary elections whose announcement and dates are yet to be set. He further stated that he has not applied to be a candidate in primary elections and has not made up his mind on the subject.

Article 16 of the BDP primary elections rules state that “No campaign or publicity materials such  as posters, stickers, T-shirts, banners etc shall be printed, displayed, distributed, worn, mounted etc for purposes of primary elections as of the date to be determined  and announced by the Central Committee.” Meanwhile Molao has also donated bus stop shades is some villages in the constituency by virtue of his MP position, fully branded with his name.

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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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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

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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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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