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Six BDP councillors face suspension

Six Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councillors in Selebi Phikwe face possible suspension for not attending the party caucus to nominate preferred candidates for the position of mayor and Deputy Mayor for the Selebi Phikwe Town Council (SPTC).

The six councillors that includes Dorcus Letlhogela who was elected Deputy Mayor unopposed are alleged to be loyal Molefhi supporters for the BDP chairmanship race which pits the Selebi Phikwe East legislator and the Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi. The BDP party caucus was called on Sunday 28 May 2017, a day before the Special Full Council where the new SPTC leadership was elected. Only four out of the ten DBP councillors attended. In attendance was the convener of the meeting, Former Mayor and nominated Councillor Leonard Mojuta, Gaopalalwe Letsobe of Botshabelo North, Mogae Ketshogile of Kopano Ward and Lillian Sethula of Ikageleng Phase II.


On the day of election, Councillor Letsobe, seconded by Mojuta moved for an adjournment and called all BDP councillors for a brief meeting in an effort to give the councillors an opportunity for a caucus to fulfil the party procedure. However, Letsobe’s last minute try was thwarted as Dorcus Letlhogela objected the adjournment request seconded by Councillor Odirile Kelebetse of Hospital Ward.


The matter was put to vote and was defeated as six councillors voted against while four wanted the adjournment.  This was the final confirmation that the BDP councillors have contravened procedure by objecting the party caucus. BDP Secretary General, Botsalo Ntuane says he has not received any official report on the matter. “As I speak to you, I have not received any report on the matter you are referring to, so I am constrained to comment unless I have something official on my desk,” he said.


Objecting or defying a party caucus warrants punitive measures including possible suspension. Recently, BDP suspended two party members who defied the party caucus during the chairmanship elections of North West District Council (NWDC). Like in Selebi Phikwe the duo, Duncan Enga and Vepaune Moreti are reported to be aligned to Molefhi faction.


If the BDP Disciplinary Committee decides to take action against the six councillors and slap them with the possible 90 days suspension, Molefhi’s faction will be the biggest loser as councillors are one of the delegates that will be voting at the BDP congress in July. The suspension would render them ineligible to vote or stand for election for any Central Committee position.    


It looks like the decision to frustrate the holding of the caucus was well planned. In the run to the elections, the alleged Molefhi faction courted the opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) to help them unseat Mojuta. Leader of Opposition in the council, Molefhe Molatlhegi revealed to WeekendPost in a previous interview that a faction of the BDP has approached them asking for support, the aim being to deny Mojuta a second term as the mayor of Selebi Phikwe. Mojuta allegedly support Vice Mokgweetsi Masisi for the BDP Chairmanship.


Disturbed by the turn of events at the NWDC where councillors defied the party caucus, the BDP issued a memorandum to all regions calling for respect of caucus decisions, outlining that the decisions must be implemented as agreed. It remains to be seen whether the BDP will crack the whip.

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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.”

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