Candidate for Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) in the looming Tlokweng constituency by-election, Kenneth Masego Segokgo has affirmed that he is confident that he will retain the constituency for his party in 90 days.
The vacancy resulted from the passing of area Member of Parliament (MP), Same Bathobakae in the fall of 2016. Segokgo is the Botswana National Front (BNF) constituency Chairperson and was picked as a result of a compromise between him and Tlokweng Sub District Council Chairperson, Norah Nkwe in December.
Deputy Mayor of Gaborone City Council, Kagiso Tshekega, who has been appointed the campaign coordinator explained to this publication that Nkwe was persuaded to finish her mandate as councilor and Sub District Chairperson, which left Segokgo as the sole candidate. This was after a general council was called in the constituency where activists who wished to step up were requested to submit their names.
Tshekega pointed out that the road to reaching consensus took no more than two weeks. Tshekega also stated that while the area is a natural BNF stronghold, they will not rest on their laurels and as a matter of fact they have already commenced their campaigns. He further noted that the UDC campaign dreads no Botswana Democratic Party candidate and that while they are aware that each of the possible ruling party contenders is different in their own way, they will analyze the successful one carefully.
Segokgo describes himself as having been exhaustively indoctrinated in the politics of BNF that he “cannot begin to draw the line of my first involvement in its politics”. Segokgo is also a close relative to the Botswana Movement for Democracy Youth League (BMD) leader and South East District Council Chairperson, Phenyo Segokgo.
In fact, he stated in an exclusive interview with WeekendPost that he considers himself as the younger man’s mentor and that he always rendered advice to him as he climbed the political ladder from his days at University of Botswana (UB). An educationist by profession, Segokgo has spent his entire teaching career in the north eastern city of Francistown where he taught sciences.
Among his muses, the now UDC flagbearer in the constituency, counted social causes such as a national campaign on blood donation which resulted in him being headhunted by the National Blood Transfusion Centre in Gaborone. He further listed grooming learners in student clubs such as the science club and his mentorship of a karate team which he claims won four national championships.
While Segokgo does not boast of a history of student activism or trade union agitation during his time as a student and subsequently as a teacher, he states that he had nevertheless been on the sidelines of the movements of the left all the while. “I did not immerse myself in student politics because at the time I considered my friends as lacking the necessary seriousness,” he admitted.
Segokgo stated that he actively joined politics after the 2014 general election after leaving his job with the National Blood Transfusion Centre but had all along been making private donations to BNF political contenders. He further highlighted that as he seeks to replace a woman candidate, one of the first motions he will table at parliament is to seek to declare the 6th of March as a national holiday as is the case worldwide where Women’s Day is a national holiday.
He reasoned that this would allow women the space to introspect. He further stated that the number one problem afflicting his people that he will tackle if elected is the land question in Tlokweng which he blamed as the main culprit in destabilising the traditional family structure, the porous Tlokweng border which he says bleeds Batlokwa livestock as well as joblessness. Same Bathobakae won the constituency in the 2014 general election defeating MP Olebile Gaborone who won the constituency on a BNF ticket in 2009 but later defected to the ruling BDP.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.