Leader of Opposition (LOO) in Parliament and Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) president, Duma Gideon Boko, this week issued a stern warning to the government of the day for what he termed “preying” on tax payers’ money.
Boko promised to shake up the system when UDC takes over the reins of power from the more than half a century ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which enjoyed un-interrupted government since the country gained independence in 1966. A lawyer by profession, Boko asserted that implementing the rule of law will top the agenda for his government while adding that he would jail perpetrators who unlawfully drained government coffers and cannot account for the looting.
The UDC president made the scathing revelations when addressing a well-attended rally at Rasesa over the weekend to present a Botswana Congress Party (BCP) candidate, who by virtue of cooperation agreement, will represent UDC, Tshenolo Buisanyang. “You know, at the time when there is a change of government, that is, when we gain power, we are going to issue to them (government looters)a three months ultimatum. They will kneel before us for amnesty. They will arise and make pleas before us – without even having to follow them,” the non-conformist opposition leader said to an applause by party enthusiasts and adherents alike.
He cited that, “I give you only three months Mokgweetsi Masisi, I give you three months Guma Moyo, I give you three months Tshekedi Khama, every one of you, all who were part of government, we only give you three months only for you to make your plea.”
The LOO stressed that at that time; there should be sufficient evidence, in black and white presented to them by those in question.
He advised that then, they should be decent and honest enough to concede their wrongdoings and looting of government’s coffers. He said they should be frank enough to acknowledge that “yes I drained the tax payers’ money but I had wanted to return it back at a later time but then I forgot.”
He maintained that: “we will consign you three months only to make all these pleas. So when these three months elapses we will instigate a thorough investigation into how government money was consumed and where, who owns what and how, and if we can find out in our investigation that which you have not revealed during your plea and interrogation -there will be a big problem.”
He also highlighted that: “I would like to emphasize that I am not threatening anybody. But I am simply underlining and accentuating these things because this is tax payers’ money we are talking about here, and it is not owned by certain individuals governing the country but it belongs to the people – all the people.”
He later then went on to point out during the massive rally that the tax payers’ money and all government properties should be accounted for. “There should be accountability when we take over government,” he told the audience. “It should therefore not appear like we are laying some extortions to anyone or in some sense acting like we are being punitive to them because like I said we need to inform you and educate you about these things,” he said.
He then added that in case there are some who have been doing things accordingly in government, in terms of being economically prudent, the UDC government will retain them to continue playing that crucial role which they have executed diligently for the benefit of all Batswana. “And to those who are truthful, we will duly allocate them their property and take that which does not belong to them. And remember we will also pursue peace and reconciliation in the process.”
Boko made it abundantly clear that “but if you have done so and benefitted unduly in the system, we will put you at the Gaborone maximum prison so you reap what you sow.” The ruling party dissident insisted that: “you can go tell them, I still maintain that subsequent to the elapse of three months after taking over government, we will execute this task and UDC would be in no way being cruel to the victims.” He said those in power now will at the time have to exercise due diligence and be truthful during the process of reckoning and plead for all their wrongdoings under his government.
“I promise you that if those three months elapses without those concerned coming forth, they will be in trouble. And you should not take me for granted if I talk about issues that deals with the law,” the Harvard law institute graduate stated. He continued: “and this takes me to the much talked about issue concerning Electronic Voting Machines (EVM’s). I am suppressed to talk right now about the EVM’s because when I do I will do it right at the court of law.” “There are times when things take precedence, or another level, and when that time creeps in, we will do so at the court of law,” he concluded his message.
Rasesa hold by-election to vote new Councillor
Meanwhile, council candidate Buisanyang, who Boko was officially launching will face Dan Molokwere of the BDP in a two-horse race. The by-election was necessitated by the death of its area councillor, Seasebeng Monyake who died in a car accident late last year.
In the 2014 General Elections, the BDP won the ward by 717 people, against BCP’s 396 and the UDC ‘s 338. In this by-election, the BCP is cooperating with the UDC. The elections will be held today (Saturday).
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
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‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúWith 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,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs Rehabilitation Centre‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúSouth Korean Embassy‚Äôs 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.‚ÄĚ
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.