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Case of murder accused Pastor rescued from ‘saboteur’

The disgraced pastor of Mochudi’s Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) church who stands accused of soliciting his wife’s murder has seen his case relocated from Mochudi police after concerns arose that investigations were being sabotaged by a senior police officer in the jurisdiction.

The case is allegedly being investigated by officers from Central Police Station in Gaborone. The senior officer is said to be a congregant at the pastor’s church. The disgraced Reverend Mooketsi Mogomotsi was last week slapped with a murder charge alongside Thapelo Obakeng Tlhase (25) and Mokganedi Porogwane (41) of the same village. Mogomotsi stands accused of soliciting the murder of his wife Diana Ompelege Mogomotsi who was killed on the 5th of January 2017.

The one-eyed reverend was this week denied bail by Mochudi Magistrate, Keabetswe Mojuta who stated that investigations into the murder of the wife are at an early stage. Mogomotsi received grave injuries after he was allegedly kidnapped and beaten to a pulp sustaining a horrific injury to the right eye. Mogomotsi had reasoned that he is the only rightful person to take care of his two children and that he cannot access decent medical care in detention. He also stated that he needs to be freed to mourn his wife.

However, Mojuta countered that Mogomotsi’s children can be taken care of by social workers in the meantime. He further stated that prison facilities do have medical facilities where he can receive medical assistance. In response to the pastor’s freedom to mourn, Mojuta reasoned that the same person he needs to be freed to mourn is the same person he is fingered in her demise.

Furthermore, WeekendPost this week uncovered that a senior police officer in the jurisdiction whose name is known to this publication had been showering Mogomotsi with preferential treatment. Insiders told this publication that, unlike other detainees in the cells, the reverend had been having his meals in the charge office and that the case has been assigned investigators from Gaborone. It is said that the senior officer expressed great skepticism to Mogomotsi’s culpability.

Botswana Police’s spokesperson Witness Bosija was noncommittal in his answers to this publication. Bosija told this publication in a telephonic interview that the Botswana Police has the mandate to investigate cases everywhere in Botswana. He also highlighted that the senior officer accused of torpedoing the investigation is still in charge, dismissing the allegations of a suspension as untrue. “What I can say to you is that those allegations are false. They are just attempts to tarnish someone’s reputation.” He stated.

“We have the jurisdiction to investigate all cases in the country. I can go and investigate cases in Maun and I can arrest a suspect anywhere in the country. We are not like other Police forces that are confined to a single jurisdiction. There is no restriction on where we can investigate. ” Bosija further highlighted: “that is why you sometimes see the Forensics Department doing cases in places like Kasane and vice versa. So, it should not be an issue.”

He could only state that Mochudi and Gaborone fall under the same policing division of South Central Division. However, the response of Bosija’s deputy, Senior Superintendent Near Bagali was more pointed. He schooled this publication on what he thinks makes news. Bagali told this publication that in his opinion it was of no public interest that the case was being handled by different investigators. “I don’t think it is of public interest. What can be of public interest is the result of the case unless you have another motive that I am not aware of. When probed further, Bagali also stated that they do not need to reveal who is handling his case.

“We don’t need to share that. Why should we be sharing that? We don’t share our operations. You have something you don’t want to say,” Bagali voiced his suspicions. Furthermore, he stated that he cannot say whether the case has been moved from Mochudi Police. “I can’t at all say it has been moved. It’s a case that can be investigated by Police anywhere.” The senior officer concerned did not take calls to his office for two straight days.

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

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.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021

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.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

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.

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