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BMD rejects BCP Vice Presidency

The opposition cooperation talks had started and progressed at the speed of light, but all this could come to a halt as the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) refuses to cede the Vice Presidency to the Botswana Congress Party (BCP), who are currently in talks with the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) with the aim of defeating the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) as a single unit in 2019.

According to impeccable sources and reliable literature, the two parties, the BCP and the UDC, have agreed to contest the 2019 general election under the name UDC+ (UDC Plus). The constitution of the organisation has also been drafted with a litany of changes to the original UDC constitution which was ‘too cumbersome’ with a model of a body corporate rather a political party. This publication learns that only a few items of the constitution have been referred to the main negotiating team for finalisation after the lower group agreed to disagree.  

However despite the gains made at the level 1 of the negotiations, things took a turn for the darkness recently when the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) failed to pitch for a meeting that was scheduled to take place in Francistown. The meeting was taken to Francistown to accommodate the Botswana People’s Party (BPP) who had been making all trips to Gaborone.

The Francistown meeting proceeded without the BMD albeit after consulting them. It was at this meeting that it was discovered that the BPP representatives at this stream of the talks were actually a son and his father in law – but it was not an issue because they had the mandate from the party.

It was after the Francistown meeting that the BMD’s position on the issue of the Vice Presidency came out clear. Insiders in the talks say they are disturbed at the turn that the unity talks are taking because a single position should not derail a whole process that has a potential to change the country for the better.

The BMD’s attitude to the BCP does not start with the issue of the Vice Presidency, it has during the course of the negotiations had difficulty with the number of negotiating partners allocated to the BCP. When the talks were given the go ahead at Oasis Motel in Tlokweng, the understanding was that the streams will be constituted of the BCP and UDC representatives.


“This was deliberate and it was always known that there constituent members within the UDC, each of whom shall bring a representative to the table,” said a concerned Botswana National Front (BNF) veteran. The BPP and the BNF agree with the BCP that the talks are between the BCP and the UDC, but the BMD representatives are finding it difficult to accept that the BCP is contributing almost half of the negotiating partners to the table.


“The BMD is insisting on this thing that there are four parties at the negotiating table.” It is understood that the BMD fears that if the notion that there are only two parties at the negotiation table continues, the BCP could be entitled to half share of the positions within the UDC+ with other members of the conglomerate sharing the remaining positions.

Although it was explained that the half share applies only to the position of Vice Presidency, the BMD has not flexed on its position. Insiders say the UDC agreed with the BCP on the Vice Presidency because the latter had easily ceded the Presidency to the former. The idea of two Vice Presidents at the National level was then suggested by the UDC in appreciation of the sentiments shared by the BMD that it was not willing to give the BCP the Vice Presidency.


The matter could not be concluded then because the BMD was not present at the meeting, forcing the matter to be referred to the next level of the streams. The Level 2 stream met this Monday and there was no progress and insiders say there is a chance that things could stall for a while.  

There were questions from the BMD side on the issue of constituency allocation and the matter of the half share, but the BCP was since given 17 constituencies, which is not half. However Weekend Post has learnt that at level 2 of the talks the BMD is also questioning the 17 constituencies awarded to the BCP.

The criterion was based on incumbency and second best in the last general election. “It is very likely that everything will be undone at level 2 of the negotiation streams even before it reaches the level of Presidency,” said a source. The Presidency had initially comprised of UDC president, Duma Boko and BCP president, Dumelang Saleshando, but the BMD came out in strong opposition again, demanding that there be four Presidents at that level. There are now four Presidents at that level – these include BMD and BPP presidents.

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Fighting vulture poisoning in KAZA region.

3rd February 2023
As a response to avert vulture poisoning currently going on in Botswana and KAZA region, Birdlife Botswana has collaborated with three other partners (BirdWatch Zambia, BirdLife International & Birdlife Zimbabwe) to tackle wildlife poisoning which by extension negatively affect vulture populations.

The Director of Birdlife Botswana, Motshereganyi Virat Kootshositse has revealed in an interview that the project which is funded by European Union’s main goal is to reduce poisoning related vultures’ death and consequently other wildlife species death within the KAZA region.

He highlighted that Chobe district in Botswana has been selected as a pilot site as it has experienced rampant incidents of vulture poisoning for the past few months. In August this year at least 50 endangered white backed vultures were reported dead at Chobe National Park, Botswana after feeding on a buffalo carcass laced with poison.  In November this year again 43 white backed vultures were found dead and two alive after feeding on a zebra suspected to have poisoned.  Other selected pilots’ sites are Kafue in Zambia and Hwange in Zimbabwe.

Kootshositse further explained they have established a national and regional Wildlife Poisoning Committee. He added that as for the national committee they have engaged various departments such as Crop Productions, Agro Chemicals, Department of Veterinary Services, Department of Wildlife and National Parks and other NGOs such as Raptors Botswana to come together and find a long-lasting solution to address wildlife poisoning in Botswana. ‘Let’s have a strategy or a plan together to tackle wildlife poisoning,’ he stated

He also decried that there is gap in the availability of data about vulture poisoning or wildlife in general. ‘If we have a central point for data, it will help in terms of reporting and advocacy’, he stated

He added that the regional committee comprises of law enforcement officers such as BDF and Botswana police, village leadership such as Village Development Committee and Kgosi. ‘We need to join hand together and protect the wildlife we have as this will increase our profile for conservation and this alone enhances our visitation and boost our local economy,’ he noted

Kootshositse noted that Birdlife together with DWNP also addressed series of meeting in some villages in the Chobe region recently. The purpose of kgotla meetings was to raise awareness on the conservation and protection of vultures in Chobe West communities.

‘After realizing that vulture poisoning in the Chobe areas become frequent, we realise that we need to do something about it.  ‘We did a public awareness by addressing several kgotla meetings in some villages in the Chobe west,’ he stated

He noted that next year they are going to have another round of consultations around the Chobe areas and the approach is to engage the community into planning process. ‘Residents should be part of the plan of actions and we are working with farmers committee in the areas to address vulture poisoning in the area, ‘he added

He added that they have found out that some common reasons for poisoning wildlife are farmers targeting predators such as lions in retaliation to killing of their livestock. Another common incident cross border poaching in the Chobe area as poachers will kills an elephant and poison its carcass targeting vultures because of their aerial circling alerting authorities about poaching activities.

Kootshositse noted that in the last cases it was disheartening the incidents occurred three months apart. He added that for the first time they found that some of the body parts of some vultures were missing. He added harvesting of body parts of vultures is not a common practice in Botswana, although it is used in some parts of Africa. ‘We suspect that someone took advantage of the availability of carcasses and started harvesting their body parts,’

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Giant in the making: Everton Mlalazi

3rd February 2023

The music industry is at a point where artists are jostling for space because there are so many aspirants trying to get their big break, thus creating stiff competition.

In the music business it’s about talent and positioning. You need to be at the right place at the right time with the right people around you to propel you forward.
Against all odds, Everton Mlalazi has managed to takeover the gospel scene effortlessly.
To him, it’s more than just a breakthrough to stardom, but a passion as well as mission directly appointed by the Lord.

Within a short space of 2 years after having decided to persue a solo career, Mlalazi has already made it into international music scene, with his music receiving considerable play on several gospel television and radio stations in Botswana including other regional stations like Trace Africa, One Gospel, Metro FM in South Africa, Hope FM in Kenya and literally all broadcast stations in Zimbabwe.

It doesn’t only stop there, as the musician has already been nominated 2 times and 2 awards which are Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) best Male artists 2022, StarFM listerners Choice Award, Best Newcomer 2021 and ZIMA Best Contemporary Gospel 2022, MLA awards Best Male artist & Best Gospel Artist 2022.

Everton’s inspiration stems from his ultimate passion and desire to lead people into Godly ways and it seems it’s only getting started.
The man is a gospel artist to put on your radar.

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African countries call on WHO to increase funding

2nd February 2023

Minister of Health Dr Edwin Dikoloti says Africa member states call on World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure equitable resource allocation for 2024-2025. Dr Dikoloti was speaking this week at the WHO Executive Board Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

He said countries agreed that there is need to address the budget and funding imbalances by increasing the programme budget share of countries and regions to 75% for the next year.

“The proposed budget for 2024-2025 marks an important milestone as it is the first in Programme Budget in which country offices will be allocated more than half of the total budget for the biennium. We highly welcome this approach which will enable the organization to deliver on its mandate while fulfilling the expectations for transparency, efficiency and accountability.”

The Botswana Health Minister commended member states on the extension of the General Programme of Work (GPD 13) and the Secretariat work to monitor the progress towards the triple billion targets, and the health-related SDGs.

“We welcome the Director’s general proposed five priorities which have crystalized into the “five Ps” that are aligned with the GPW 13 extension. Impact can only be achieved through close coordination with, and support to national health authorities. As such, the strengthening of country offices is instrumental, with particular focus on strengthening national health systems and on promoting more equitable access to health services.”

According to Dr Dikoloti, the majority of countries with UHC index that is below the global median are in the WHO Africa region. “For that, we call on the WHO to enhance capacity at the regional and national levels in order to accelerate progress. Currently, the regional office needs both technical and financial support in order to effectively address and support country needs.”

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