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Molefhi answers his critics launches BDP chair bid

Supporters of the Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Nonofo Molefhi want him to launch his campaign bid for the chairmanship of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) this month. It is highly likely that the adored Minister could oblige.

It is understood that Molefhi has already informed President, Lt Gen Dr Ian Khama of his intention to stand for chairmanship. Although Khama has not formerly reverted, the Minister is confident that he has done what is conventionally expected of him. Sources say he told the President about his intention just before Khama partook on a trip to Morocco last year.

Molefhi is said to have also attempted to inform Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi of his intention to bid for chairmanship. He is yet to succeed scoring a meet up with the incumbent chairman of the party, Masisi. Some within the party see the jostling for BDP’s central executive committee positions as a gateway to the ongoing debate over the presidency of the party and ultimately that of the country. Molefhi is one of those who is seen as possible candidates for the presidency.

While Molefhi is seen as having the goodwill within the BDP and across the party divide, those who doubt his readiness question his fighting spirit and his grasp and presence at party structures – but the Selibe Phikwe East Member of Parliament is said to be ready to answer his critics when he launches his campaign this January.

Molefhi’s supporters are aware that there are willing candidates who want to be crowned chairman. There is a willing fighter in Tshekedi Khama, who has made it clear if given an opportunity he wants to be party chairman. There is also Jacob Nkate, who recently returned from his ambassadorial role in Japan.

Molefhi’s supporters are not taking kindly to sentiments that liken him to South Africa and African National Congress (ANC)’s Kgalema Motantlhe, they are of the view that Molefhi waited for the right time before he could make any announcement.  Motantlhe’s loss to President Jacob Zuma in the race for ANC presidency was put squarely on the former’s indecisiveness and late declaration of interest.

Reports had suggested that there are those who want Molefhi to throw his weight behind Tshekedi.  The anti-Tshekedi battalion has reportedly rushed to Nkate because of the view that Molefhi does not appear to be willing to publicly express his interest.
They also feared that his family ties with the Khamas will dissuade him against contesting.

Those who question Molefhi’s confidence to take on Tshekedi also point out that he is a man who believes too much in the ‘order of things’, “he believes that if something is destined to be his, it will come to him. He does not want to fight for anything hence it will be a risk to bank on him,” said one of the BDP seniors at the time. But Molefhi’s supporters say the time has come and he is their man.

While Vice President Masisi had made it clear to his inner circle that he intends to defend his position this year, it is still unclear if he still holds to that position. Masisi’s reasoning at the time oscillated around cementing his stature as the future president, a need to put to bed doubts over his influence in the party, and plain need to demonstrate his character and strength to his detractors.

The Vice President continues to be very active within the BDP structures, recruiting hordes of disgruntled opposition figures and is at the forefront of a campaign to paint a resurgent ruling party after the grueling 2014 general election.  He is expected to launch the BDP council candidate in Kgalagadi.

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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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