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Ntuane dumps Molefhi camp

As the winter season reports, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) elective congress also beckons, hence final attempts to save political careers and woo votes are at play. Botsalo Ntuane is at the centre of a last effort gimmick to avoid a contestation between Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, and Minister, Nonofo Molefhi.


On Wednesday, incumbent BDP secretary general, Botsalo Ntuane asked for a meeting with the Nonofo Molefhi campaign team and lead endorsers at Maruapula to explain his newly found path of a compromise that would see him withdraw his candidature for the same position in July.


Ntuane made it clear that his decision is purely for the benefit of the party and he is willing to forego the secretary general position. He proposed that there be a compromise that would see Molefhi run for the position of secretary general and Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi not being challenged for the position of chairman. The meeting was attended by among others Tebelelo Seretse, Ndelu Seretse, Daniel Kwelagobe, Thabo Fanu Masalila, among others, all of whom rejected Ntuane’s truce proposal.


Effectively Ntuane’s manoeuvres are seen as a ploy to quietly exit the central committee positions contestation and the Molefhi camp is of the view that the politician in Ntuane is attempting to clean his route at their expense. Ntuane’s latest call for compromise come days after he had also interacted with the Masisi camp proposing the same approach and they have rejected his call. The BDP secretary general had also met with former party chairman and also Masisi’s recognised lobbyist, Samson Guma Moyo who had then sold Ntuane’s idea to other team members.


Masisi’s camp does not understand Ntuane’s latest moves, they are of the suspicion that he wants to come in at the expense of Mpho Balopi who is the preferred running mate to Masisi after he smoothly disposed of Jacob Nkate. They also speculate that Ntuane is “running away” from the Molefhi camp because he realised that they do not “have numbers on the ground”. The Masisi campaign team has agreed on a lobby list and they want it to be elected “as is” at the July congress.


At the Maruapula meeting, it emerges that Ntuane has told his colleagues that he was tired of fighting leadership, and combating the President and the Vice President at a go is going to be an uphill battle. He pointed out that he has been around in politics and he wants the BDP to be united ahead of the Tonota slated congress.


Nonofo Molefhi is said to be of the view that it is too late to change his position and he has already put a lot of work. He is confident that BDP members are buying his message. Meanwhile Phillip Makgalemele will run for the position of secretary general under the Molefhi banner. “I had submitted my name for the position of secretary general. This was on condition that if Ntuane contests I will back him, but if he is not running I will put my name forward to be elected secretary general,” said Makgalemele when quizzed. He pointed out that Ntuane is in a position to answer for himself if he is running or not.

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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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