An angry and desperate former BCL employee Ndadi Joseph has written a letter to Minister of Defence, Justice and Security Shaw Kgathi expressing his wish to see him fired from his ministerial post by President Lt Gen Ian Khama.
The 62 year old man who has been trying to meet Khama since his days as Vice President states, in a letter dated 19 October 2017 addressed to Kgathi, that he wants a Presidential Inquiry into his past Court case against lawyer Patrick Kgaodi. Joseph lost that case after challenging at High Court and later Court of Appeal, but alleges that the judiciary robbed him in the process. In the case, Joseph who was representing himself had sued Kgaodi for misrepresentation while he was still an employee of the now closed BCL mine.
Last year after requesting to meet Khama, he was advised by the Office of the President in a letter dated 01 June 2016 that he address his issue with Kgathi’s ministry. Kgathi then subsequently wrote to Joseph informing him that his complaint cannot be pursued further because it was dealt with by the highest court. “The Honourable former Chief Justice Julian Nganunu has long advised you that your matter has been dealt with by the highest court in the land i.e Court of Appeal, and the matter is closed,” he said.
“I therefore, regret to inform you that as far as this matter is concerned, I am unable to intervene as the matter is closed, and there is no basis for a commission of Inquiry, as you requested, to be established into the matter.” Joseph however is having none of it, insisting that only a commission of inquiry or meeting Khama would solve the problem. “Mr Kgathi’s letter is an insult to my intelligence; our judiciary is run like family affairs. Go dirisiwa botsala, boferefere, no laws are being followed. I want to put it on record that Kgaodi and Godfrey Nthomiwa ba rekile Mr Kgathi. I have evidence to put those judges down to their knees,” he said in a letter addressed to Kgathi.
“They made a terrible big mistake that a layman cannot challenge that naked corruption in our courts, a high degree corruption in all court cases. Being a layman did not warrant Mr Kgathi to play games on me, the law must take its course.” The letter was also copied to all cabinet ministers, Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) as well as the commissioner of Police. Joseph further stated that; “Let me be on record that the whole judgement from Chief Magistrate to the Court of Appeal was just rotten and stinks. Ene ele tsietso Motswana. Ba go file sengwenyana Kgathi.”
He questioned the legitimacy and genuineness of the court documents used during his case. He said the documents did not have basic requirements for an institution of High Court. Joseph cursed Kgathi, expressing his wish to see the minister relieved of his duties. “I am praying day and night for His Excellencey to fire you Mr Kgathi. For many years Batswana have been taken for granted. God is the only person who cannot be bribed. We are sick and tired of these Kangaroo Courts,” he said.
Joseph promised to reveal more evidence that the judiciary is corrupt if President Khama was to set-up a Commission of Inquiry to investigate his case. Joseph is convinced that only a presidential commission of inquiry will root out the corruption that he alleges to be prevalent in the judiciary. “They are blocking me to meet with His Excellency the State President. Everything in our country is rotten because of greed.
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.