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Khama likens opposition leaders to Trump

President Ian Khama has pre-empted that United States of America’s President-elect; Donald Trump might dispatch an invasion force to attack Botswana.


Khama, who was on an offensive against opposition parties last weekend at Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s victory party in Moshupa, likened local opposition parties to Trump, saying that he has always struggled to understand how people come to support opposition parties.


“These people are the Donald Trumps of this country; we will be in trouble if he wins on Tuesday.” He stated further that Trump might send the US army to invade Botswana if he hears that he did not speak kind of him. “He will say, I have heard that Botswana President did not speak kindly of me, he can send American soldiers to attack us…he is the type to… he can do that if you know him,” Khama stated of Trump.


He further continued:  “But this has taught me something VP, I have always wondered how Batswana, who support opposition parties’ work, how do they support those people, uncultured people who insult others, so I have seen with Donald Trump! He goes around saying that I will wall off America from Mexico and Mexico will pay for it, if you ask him how, he doesn’t explain!”


“The second thing is that he says he’ll destroy ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham) in no time, how? He also says that “I” will make America great again, how?” Khama questioned before continuing, “But you will see people cheering him… and opposition parties are just like that,” Khama said


He also stated that opposition parties like making promises to the electorate but they cannot state how they are going to deliver. “So we want to ask them how they come to those conclusions,” he said. Khama further claimed that some in the opposition collective have told him “stories and the truth” about progress in the coalition project.


“So I was asking them about the progress of including BCP into UDC and they said that there are still challenges because BCP wants its leader to be president of the Umbrella.” He further ridiculed BCP’s election trail bus saying it’s nowhere to be found because it’s at the scrap yard.


“They have only two Members of Parliament (MPs) but they were writing that they were ready to lead. Well, we have shown them they are not ready to lead. I didn’t understand at the time. I thought that they were ready to lead Botswana, whereas they meant they were ready to lead inside the Umbrella,” he further mocked.


He further stated that he was told that when a UDC congress convenes, BCP wants its delegates to be equivalent in numbers with those from Botswana National Front (BNF), Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) and Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) combined, because each party will vote for its president.


He said BCP believes that this will naturally split the votes and ensure that Dumelang Saleshando becomes president, stating that it is something he does not however believe UDC members will agree to. He also found time to ridicule BPP, saying that he does not even know its president and as far as he is aware BPP last had a constituency long before he was born.


He further said that the other problem with the opposition coalition is that BCP members have said they don’t like Boko because he does not talk to the party leaders and he makes decisions alone. He further stated that they also don’t like Boko because of his continued association with one of his friends. “Again they say he has a friend, Elliot someone, you know him, Elliot someone, and they don’t want him as well. They say they have long told Boko to dissociate with him, but he refuses.”


He also continued,  “I also hear Gaolathe wants to quit and wants to be replaced by Dibeela or Wynter (Mmolotsi). So BMD members don’t want Dibeela as Secretary General of UDC because he is a former BNF member. With Wynter, they say that he is very difficult to work with, so they don’t agree with that.”


Again, he said, BPP members say that they want 7 constituencies unlike in the last general elections where they were given a single constituency. “So if they fail with unity talks I don’t know how they can run government,” Khama concluded.

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Masisi to dump Tsogwane?

28th November 2022

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.

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African DFIs gear to combat climate change

25th November 2022

The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.

Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa

A report; “Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19” presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFI’s have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and it’s financing.

COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; “Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. “It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.”

According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.

“There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFI’s.”

Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; “What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects. ”

Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.

Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.

“Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money.” He said.

For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.

“The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies.” Said Gare.

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TotalEnergies Botswana launches Road safety campaign in Letlhakeng

22nd November 2022

Letlhakeng:TotalEnergies Botswana today launched a Road Safety Campaign as part of their annual Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM), in partnership with Unitrans, MVA Fund, TotalEnergies Letlhakeng Filling Station and the Letlhakeng Sub District Road Safety Committee during an event held in Letlhakeng under the theme, #IamTrafficToo.

The Supplier Relationship Management initiative is an undertaking by TotalEnergies through which TotalEnergie annually explores and implements social responsibility activities in communities within which we operate, by engaging key stakeholders who are aligned with the organization’s objectives. Speaking during the launch event, TotalEnergies’ Operations and HSSEQ,   Patrick Thedi said,  “We at TotalEnergies pride ourselves in being an industrial operator with a strategy centered on respect, listening, dialogue and stakeholder involvement, and a partner in the sustainable social and economic development of its host communities and countries. We are also very fortunate to have stakeholders who are in alignment with our organizational objectives. We assess relationships with our key stakeholders to understand their concerns and expectations as well as identify priority areas for improvement to strengthen the integration of Total Energies in the community. As our organization transitions from Total to Total Energies, we are committed to exploring sustainable initiatives that will be equally indicative of our growth and this Campaign is a step in the right direction. ”

As part of this campaign roll out, stakeholders  will be refurbishing and upgrading and installing road signs around schools in the area, and generally where required. One of the objectives of the Campaign is to bring awareness and training on how to manage and share the road/parking with bulk vehicles, as the number of bulk vehicles using the Letlhakeng road to bypass Trans Kalahari increases. When welcoming guests to Letlhakeng, Kgosi Balepi said he welcomed the initiative as it will reduce the number of road incidents in the area.

Also present was District Traffic Officer ASP, Reuben Moleele,  who gave a statistical overview of accidents in the region, as well as the rest of the country. Moleele applauded TotalEnergies and partners on the Campaign, especially ahead of the festive season, a time he pointed out is always one with high road statistics. The campaign name #IamTrafficToo, is a reminder to all road users, including pedestrians that they too need to be vigilant and play their part in ensuring a reduction in road incidents.

The official proceedings of the day included a handover of reflectors and stop/Go signs to the Letlhakeng Cluster from TotalEnerigies, injury prevention from tips from MVA’s Onkabetse Petlwana, as  well as  bulk vehicle safety tips delivered from Adolf Namate of Unitrans.

TotalEnergies, which is committed to having zero carbon emissions by 2050,  has committed to rolling out the Road safety Campaign to the rest of the country in the future.

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