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Kenewendo to replace Tsogwane

Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his aide Slumber Tsogwane are reportedly grooming youthful Specially Elected Member of Parliament, Bogolo Kenewendo to take over the Boteti West constituency at the next general elections.  

Tsogwane, who is also Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has been serving as legislator for Boteti West since 1999. Tsogwane will not be seeking re-election in next year’s party primary elections according to a source close to him.    
Tsogwane, a core member of Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s circle was instrumental in bringing Kenewendo to the lawmaking house in 2016. Moments after Kenewendo took oath to assume her duties, Tsogwane was seen escorting the latter to Office of the President to meet President Lt Gen Ian Khama.

Sources indicate that the incoming president is already starting to build his team to prepare for his tenure post the Khama era. Among those listed as part of Masisi’ envisaged golden team include Kenewendo and Lawrence Ookeditse, a Policy Director at the Ministry of Sport, Youth and Culture Development who is expected to take on Polson Majaga for the Nata/Gweta constituency. Tsogwane has however declined to shed light on his anticipated departure as he noted that only time will reveal what will happen between now and the 2019 general elections.

“We are not there yet,” he said, “Nobody has declared their ambitions because we are still dealing with the primary elections for opposition held constituencies. You’ll know when such time arrives.” Tsogwane recently made it to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee contesting under Masisi’s lobby list. When asked if BDP is grooming Kenewendo to take over Boteti West, Tsogwane laughed off the question. “Maybe you can ask her, she is in a better position to tell if she interested in contesting,” he said.

Kenewendo was serving as Trade Advisor to the Government of Ghana when she was called to serve as Specially Elected MP. This was subsequent to the amendment of the constitution by parliament increasing the number of specially elected MPs from four to six.  Kenewendo was sworn along with former Jwaneng-Mabutsane legislator, Mephato Reatile. Boteti West has been a BDP strong hold since independence, but in recent years, opposition, Botswana National Front (BNF) in particular and later under the auspices of opposition alliance Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has been making strides. In the 2014 general elections, Tsogwane retained the constituency for the fourth time, thanks to opposition vote splitting.  

After the adjournment of the February session, Kenewendo, at the invitation of Tsogwane visited various communities under the Boteti West constituency. It is believed the move was meant to endear the youthful legislator to the constituents. Kenewendo’s contribution in parliament has also raised suspicion, with most of her questions, if not relating to fiscal policy related to the constituency.

Earlier this year, Kenewendo asked the Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism Tshekedi Khama on interventions he had put in place to enable Boteti West communities to benefit from the two parks surrounding them being; CKGR and the Makgadikgadi National Park. Other questions, including regarding the dire water situation in Boteti West have also been posed by the youthful MP. The constituency, though a BDP stronghold, has failed to attract heavy weights in party primaries. Tsogwane became the MP for the constituency after defeating Gabofele Masusu in party primaries, then known as the committee of 18.

Tsogwane is also tipped as one of the leading contenders for the position of Vice President, which will become vacant next year when Masisi becomes president. Khama will retire from office at the end of March in 2018. It is expected that Masisi will appoint a stopgap president next year until the 2019 general elections when he will appoint a substantive Vice President. His requirement for the next vice president has attracted names such as Tsogwane and Edwin Batshu (Minister of Gender and Nationality) that are not returning to politics 2019.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

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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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

22nd November 2021
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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

22nd November 2021
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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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