The media and its reporting became the centre of debate in a case in which two men accused for the murder of Kgatleng East Member of Parliament Isaac Davids appeared before the Molepolole Magistrate on Tuesday this week.
Mishingo Jeremiah, a lawyer representing one of the accused, Mokgalimi Malea explained that while other media houses continue to do the right thing and report within their rights others continue to do the opposite. Jeremiah said on behalf of the second accused he is concerned with what is happening outside court with regard to the way the media is reporting the matter.
Jeremiah, who recently convinced the Court of Appeal to discharge a man who was sent to death row by the High Court, observed that everyone should respect the law and let it take its course. He said, “The media has no right to interview public witnesses and publish such reports.”
Jeremiah went on further to explain that the place where offences are tried are courts not anywhere else. He added that the time for that is coming and will not be in media houses but in the court of law and all at the interest of the Prosecution, State and Justice in general.
The police are also not impressed, Letlhakeng Police Station Commander, Daniel Katse did not spare the media either. He agreed with the defence that the media has been careless in its coverage of the murder case of Isaac Davids, “it is careless to do such and even publish such issues.” Katse appealed for an order that nobody should consult the two accused persons at any cost because that could have implications for the investigations.
Katse and Jeremiah took issue with the media’s decision to go all out and trace and interview witnesses or alleged witnesses in the murder of Isaac Davids. They posited that the media should not have published or aired anything from the said witnesses. The Magistrate Khuto Rosemary emphasized that media houses should know their boundaries, and it is important to know how far they can go.
Back to the case, Jeremiah appeared for the second accused, Mokgalimi Malea while Sesupo Masaka represented the first accused, Jabulani Dube.The two accused worked for Isaac Davids as herdemen. Upon his plea Sesupo Masaka stated that the accused should be remanded in jail for the next 14 days so as to wrap up investigations.
For his part Jeremiah explained that the second accused was not represented in the last hearing and again there was no request for any bail application at the time. He stated that they have taken instructions from the first accused and agreed with the prosecution on the way forward. He noted that the matter will soon be with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who will conduct and deal with any applications indicated hence they are not objecting to the application of remanding the suspects in custody. The two suspects were remanded in custody and will appear again on the 13th February 2018.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.