The Botswana Sectors of Educators Union (BOSETU) members have unanimously voted back Tobokani Rari as the Secretary General of the Union. Rari, who was unopposed of all the candidates said he does not take the decision not to challenge him lightly.
He said from a pool of 15 000 members, his colleagues decided to retain him, “this is a sign of trust and I will continue to work hard for BOSETU,” he said. “I would like to sincerely express my heart felt gratitude to all of you comrades for the trust and confidence that you have shown on me. This union has more than 15 000 members and all of them decided not to contest against me, not for the first time, the same thing happened in 2014, and 2008, when I contested for the position of NOS.
I do not at all misconstrue this as meaning that they are no capable comrades out there, in fact they are a lot of them. To me this shows outmost trust that is hard to express in words. Am indebted comrades, am humbled, I am down on my knees. Seriously comrades, I don’t not take this responsibility that you have bestowed on me with such trust for granted. I will not betray you comrades, I will not betray the multitudes of BOSETU members, I will not betray teachers, I will not betray workers, will sacrifice my all, I will put my life on the line to defend you the workers this country, am incorruptible, am not purchasable, I cannot be captured. Be rest assured.”
Rari will have a new president, Wiston Radikolo, who will be leading the union until 2020. Radikolo replaces the former President, Kwenasebele Modukanele after beating him with 194 votes against 78 votes. In his acceptance speech, Radikolo thanked the congress for entrusting him and the new Executive committee with the responsibility to lead the union. He said that as the new committee they will work closely together with all stakegilders to take the union forward. He also called on the congress to support the newly-elected committee, saying they can only take BOSETU forward with their help and guidance.
“The congress should ask headship to be accountable without fear or favour and make sure that everybody perform their significant role. BOSETU is a social enterprise where everybody has a role. We have diagnosed our union and realized that we have the potential to go forward,” he said
Innocent Mannathoko was also re- elected Vice Secretary General garnering 145 votes. He was followed by Kgaladua Mothusi with 90 votes and Modise Ompatile 36 votes. National treasurer position was won by Moagi Digwa with 162 votes against Wadipeba Ofanna with 109. National Organising Secretary position was won by Bopa Mmoloki with 121 votes. He stood against Kenosi Tony who got 21 votes, Tshosa Wabo with 22 and Tsiane Charles with 109 votes. Maitshoko Edwin was sanctioned as the new Publicity Secretary with 168 votes followed by Showa George with 76 and lastly Molatlhegi Mangole with 28 votes.
The position of Secretary for Tertiary was won by Benjamin Seema, while Secretary for Secondary sector position was won by Thomas Kanjuu with 121 votes. He battled against Mpho Maruping and Boikanyo Kenaleone. Secretary for Primary and Pre-primary position was won by Othusitse Dibotlhale who scooped 139 votes against Precious Mokobela’s 132. Secretary for Safety, Health and Environment was won by Monica Legwaila with 203 votes against Mpho Sejeso’s 69.
On the other hand, Ndiyapo Modimo scooped Secretary for Sports and Culture position with 171 votes against Rambe Celsius’ 75 and Bapaphi Tawana’s 25. Secretary for Gender position was won by Mabutho Masedi Chata with 104 votes against Kootshabe Godiraone’s 101, Malemane Refilwe’s 42 and Kgalaeng Mmoloki’s 24 votes. BOSETU celebrated its 30th anniversary in alliance with its triennial delegate congress from 25th to 27th August in Palapye at the Majestic Five Hotel under the theme: BOSETU-Championing Educators’ Rights In The Midst Of Collective Bargaining Challenges.
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.