In two weeks’ time Nonofo Molefhi will know his fate. He is wrestling against the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP)’s centre of power as races to replace Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi as chairman of the party. It is crystal clear that Masisi’s supporters are convinced that this battle is much bigger than the chairmanship, they say it is about the presidency of the party ahead of the 2019 general election.
President Lt Gen Ian Khama anointed Masisi as his Vice President after the past immediate general election, granted as it was, the BDP leader has also endorsed his deputy for the chairmanship of the party. The opinion of some in the BDP is that Masisi does not really need to be chairman of the party since he will soon be President of the party and country. But to some, Masisi wants to use the Tonota BDP congress to affirm his popularity and control of party structures ahead of a special congress that could be used to topple him from the presidency of the party.
Nothing personal on Masisi
The Selibe Phikwe East legislator who doubles as Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology Nonofo Molefhi has in the past highlighted that he has nothing personal against Vice President Masisi whom he will challenge for the BDP chairmanship in July. The soft spoken MP told WeekendPost recently that his decision to contest against VP Masisi does not mean that he is being personal. “It’s nothing personal,” he maintained repeatedly. He indicated that their campaign message is crystal clear to the BDP activists as “we want to consolidate our organisational structure and diversify our resources as a party”.
The chairman aspirant asserted that the party constitution provides that any faithful party member interested in any position is at liberty to do so and it is the route he has taken thus far. He said they are soliciting for a voice and a vote from all BDP members while emphasising that he is not secretively doing so because he is not committing any wrongdoing.
Why Molefhi is accused of presidential ambition
Some party loyalists in Selibe Phikwe East are convinced that Molefhi will not contest as Member of Parliament in 2019. The Infrastructure Minister has already served two terms as a Selibe Phikwe East Member of Parliament. Although Selibe Phikwe East is not a safe seat for the ruling BDP, Molefhi has managed, on two occasions, to just scrape through. However those on the Masisi camp who are not privy to Molefhi’s camp are busy grooming a challenger for Molefhi in the party parliamentary primary elections.
Molefhi has volunteered to quit cabinet should he win the chairmanship of the party in July. His opponents in the party point to this declaration and evidence that the Infrastructure minister is plotting a much bigger war against Masisi. They speculate that he is preparing himself for a more demanding campaign of leading the BDP as president. According to those who are spearheading Vice President Masisi’s campaign, being a minister is the apex of the career of any BDP legislator hence it is puzzling that Molefhi intends to quit cabinet for a “mere ceremonial position of chairman of the party”.
Another argument being sponsored by the anti-Molefhi battalion is that he is risking all. “This can’t be a ‘for nothing’ campaign. He is a man on a mission, why would somebody run his potential relationship with an incoming president just to become chairman of the party,” says one of the pro-Masisi BDP members. They posit that Masisi as President next year April, he will be the most powerful member of the party because he will chair the meeting of the central committee and make certain executive decisions.
They are lost as to why Molefhi is “risking his political career just to be called party chairman.” Molefhi’s detractors argue that the party secretary general position is even more powerful than that of chairman. Therefore their conclusion is that Molefhi wants to embarrass Masisi and make look not worthy of being President.
By not contesting the 2019 election, Masisi supporters believe that Molefhi has removed himself from the former who will have the prerogative to appoint Ministers starting next year April and after the 2019 general election, should the party win a majority. From this reasons Masisi’s supporters believe that Molefhi has nothing to lose because it appears he has made some serious political decisions.
Molefhi has however insisted overtime that the BDP constitution calls for a congress every two years and he has shown interest in serving the party. He has said the party holds a special congress every election year to choose a president and it is up to BDP members to choose to continue with a serving president or nominate a name, he says BDP processes shall be followed as has always been the case.
After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.
According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .
BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.
The alleged breaches include , breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.
The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018
South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.
When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.
“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.
It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.
The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.
Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.
Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.
Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.
For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.
“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”
BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.