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Nkate, Masisi join forces

The race for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) executive positions is taking shape with prominent figures making their intentions known as the ruling party’s hectic schedule kick starts in six days’ time with a Youth Wing congress.

Former party secretary general, Jacob Nkate has joined forces with Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi, forming a team that will brandish Jackdish Shah as treasurer and Minister of Defence Justice and Security as the Deputy Secretary General. Shah is currently the deputy treasurer, incumbent treasurer; Satar Dada is expected to retire at the next congress.

Many observers are not surprised at the absence of current secretary general Botsalo Ntuane in Masisi’s team because of protracted differences between the two. At some stage President Lt Gen Dr Ian Khama had to intervene and instruct the two to work together for the good of the party. Masisi’s campaign hopes that Nkate, who has been absent from the local political scenery for almost five years will bring the old folks from the then formidable A-team faction.

Speculation is that it has long collapsed and Nkate may find it difficult to regroup its remnants. However, Nkate’s biggest challenge remains taking on Ntuane for the position of secretary general after the latter garnered the most votes at the Mmadinare congress which ushered in Masisi as the party chairman, a position he may be compelled to defend against Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Nonofo Molefhi, who is being pursued by various interest groups inside and outside the party to make an attempt at the BDP leadership position.

 Initially Nkate had presented himself as chairman aspirant whilst still ambassador in Japan, but upon his return, Masisi’s team lobbied him to drop the ceremonial role for the more operational role of secretary general, a position he has held before in the ruling party. Confirming his availability for BDP central committee, Nkate said it is true that he will contest at the July congress.

On the other camp, Molefhi’s running mate looks set to be Botsalo Ntuane. While playing his cards close to his chest as the crucial July elective congress approaches, Masisi’s camp has already allocated Ntuane to the Molefhi camp. Those close to Ntuane say he is in a soul searching journey which started in December last year and expected to last until March, the BDP vanguard will make a decision on whether to defend his position or not, this publication has been reliably informed. Asked for comment last week, Ntuane said it was too early to make pronouncements in regard the congress.

Since his election as party Secretary General in July 2015, Ntuane has had to fight for space within the party with Chairman and Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi. In an effort to consolidate his power, Masisi has taken a frontline in the recruitment drive, sidelining Ntuane in the process. The matter of conflict between Ntuane and Masisi has been down played by the party for some time now.

Molefhi’s anticipated campaign is expected to also present Jackdish Shah as the treasurer. Andy Boatile who is said to be not certain as to where he belongs, may find himself negotiating space with the Molefhi camp because Masisi’s people have a candidate in Minister Kgathi for the deputy secretary general post.

The BDP congress is expected to be one of the most highly contested because the central committee that shall emerge at the elections will take the party to the 2019 general election. The congress will come immediately after three other notable party events in the National Council billed for March; the Youth Congress expected in a week’s time; and the Women’s Wing elections. Minister Health and Wellness, Dorcas Makgato will be defending her position at the congress. The Molefhi and Masisi camps will be on the ground at these events to ensure that they keep up to pace with potential delegates at the July congress. 

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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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