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Sekgororwane declares interest for Mayor

Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) Women’s Wing President, Rhoda Sekgororwane, has declared her interest in stepping up for the Mayoral position of the capital.

Sekgororwane told this publication this Thursday that she “indeed has a big interest for the position as a woman”. She lost out in the run for the mayoral position in 2014 to Kagiso Thutlwe. She again lost out to Kagiso Tshekega when she doubled down to contest for deputy mayor.

Sekgororwane stated that her run is motivated by the continuing decline of women in top political positions. She further noted that she was overwhelmed by the amount of support showered to her by women such as BMD official office holders, including BMDWL Secretary General.

Another councillor who reportedly has declared interest for the throne is a Botswana National Front councillor in Gaborone Phase 4. Sekgororwane who is councillor for Tlogatloga ward however noted that her run looks set to be minus phase 4 councillor, Sargent Kgosiiitsile who broke ranks by declaring interest on Wednesday. Thutlwe’s Mayoral term expires in April and elections for a new mayor are expected to be held in June.

Botswana Congress Party (BCP) councillor for Government Ward; Farhaz Mohammad Sobhan is reportedly eyeing the spoils of deputising Sekgororwane. Thutlwe is currently deputised by namesake Kagiso Tshekega who reportedly has abandoned designs for the top position.

It is not the first time that councillors sought to remove Thutlwe from the mayoral position. Exactly 12 months ago councillors sought to remove him from the mayorship through a motion of no-confidence on account that he was underperforming and neglecting his mayoral duties. They further argued that he spent most of his time imbibing on liquor and associating with known Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) functionaries.

However, at the time the no-confidence vote suffered still birth as the council’s standing orders did not have a provision for slapping a no-confidence vote on the mayor. It was reported at the time that councillors for different parties were holding clandestine meetings to discuss the ouster. This time around Thutlwe has told his supporters that as a mayor his hands are tied as he cannot achieve much because his position is largely ceremonial.

He is said to have told his supporters that instead of him it is the Town Clerk who is vested with real powers to effect meaningful change as well as the Minister and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government who are his bosses. He has also told his associates that he is banking on the support of the Secretary Generals of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP), Botswana National Front (BNF) as well as the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) to put the city councillors in line.

Gaborone City Council members are said to be divided on the issues of deposing Thutlwe with a source describing the state of affairs as “mixed feelings”. Currently both sides are believed to be locked in intense lobbying to garner enough members to pull through the scruff. The City Council has 36 voting members. The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has the largest share of 22 councillors while the BDP retains 14 councillors. Both BNF and BMD are currently tied at 11 members each and BCP which is another UDC contracting partner possesses 5 members.

Thutlwe has further told his associates that he is grounding his fortunes on the UDC’s caucus to retain his position. “He has the support of UDC Secretary Generals and there has been talk of continuity in UDC controlled councils,” a source highlighted this week.
Responding to enquiries from this publication on Sekgororwane’s incursions, Thutlwe responded with a curt missive: “She is not posing any threat.”

A source at the City council told this publication this week that it is generally believed that the contestations will be extinguished at the UDC caucus to avoid an all-out competition. However, the source stated that the failure by caucus to reach a consensus will throw a lifeline to the BDP in determining who will take the seat. Repeated efforts to solicit comment from Kgosiitsile did not materialise as his mobile rang unanswered.

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6th February 2023

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

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

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.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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