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Masisi fights back

Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi tried a show of strength, inviting southern based councillors to an official launch meeting at Yarona Country Lodge in Mogoditshane on Wednesday evening. About 200 Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) enthusiasts, including eight cabinet ministers and four Members of Parliament attended the launch.

Masisi, who was officially, launched by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, told his listeners that he is surprised that he wants to chair the BDP so that he could continue to face the opposition head-on and recruit members from their ranks.

He said his intentions are clear, he wants to bring Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) members back to the BDP fold – because that is where they belong. Furthermore, Masisi is reported to have told attendants at his launch that he wants to bring stability to the BDP and asked them to vote him a central committee made up of people who are not ensnared to factions.

According to Masisi, he is in good terms with President Lt Gen Dr Ian Khama and he has been supporting him tremendously in all his duties. The Vice President indicated at the launch that he was an observer at the BDP 2003 congress where President Khama who was Vice President then was elected chairman of the party.

He said he is surprised that people who supported the ideal then have turned against it and do not want him to be chairman. He said as the future president of the country he deserves the chairmanship or leadership of the party. He concluded by stating that he is ready to face Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) leader, Duma Boko in a presidential debate. He indicated that he will soon be touring the country with Venson-Moitoi to announce his candidacy for chairmanship.

Launching Masisi, Serowe South Member of Parliament, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi emphasised that President Khama has set the tone by endorsing Masisi hence every BDP member should follow suit. She said Masisi is the only person – at the moment – capable of chairing the BDP. On the other hand Venson-Moitoi’s political nemesis, Tebelelo Seretse is supporting Masisi’s challenger Nonofo Molefhi, and is the lead campaigner. Insiders see a continuance of Venson-Moitoi/Seretse sparring.

But Venson-Moitoi emphasised that Masisi supported her during her failed bid for African Union Commission chairmanship. According to Venson-Moitoi it could be embarrassing for the party for a candidate supported by the President to lose an intra-party election.  She also threw in the narrative that it is tradition that the Vice President and future president of the party becomes chairman of the party. She is reported to have stated that she is surprised that those who supported the arrangement in 2003 have somersaulted.  

Ministers who attended the launch include Slumber Tsogwane, Kefentse Mzwinila, Venson-Moitoi, Shaw Kgathi, Sadique Kebonang, Patrick Ralotsia, Mabeo, Eric Molale and Vincent Seretse. Members of Parliament included Mephato Reatile, Likay Kably, Samson Guma Moyo and Bagalatia Arone. Most of the attendants were councillors who were officially invited in their capacity as councillors in the southern side of the country.

At the Mmadinare congress where Masisi triumphed against Tebelelo Seretse, he had assembled a campaign team coordinated by Ishmael Legwaila, and members including Cllr Mojuta, Monageng, Ratora, Isaac Maforaga, Medupi and Victor Malete who has since retired after the Mmadinare congress. But most of these are people are no way to be found in the current line-up, some have chosen to join Molefhi’s camp while some have decided to stay home.

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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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