Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Members of Parliament are internally hatching a plan to “oust” chief whip and Letlhakeng-Lephephe legislator, Liakat Kablay from the position of a “party parliamentary spokesperson.”
Weekend Post has established that some ruling party members believe that he is unfit for the daunting role as he is reckless and outrageous in nature particularly when conducting media interviews and debates. This, they say then enable opposition members to counter him effortlessly and attack the party through him as he is “an easy spot and target.”
“We are negotiating to change Kablay as parliamentary party spokesperson as advised,” a leading ruling party legislator who is also cabinet minister told Weekend Post on Friday. He said however that Kablay, a BDP faithful through thick and thin, will “remain Chief Whip but like as suggested, we need someone who is eloquent to contend with opposition guys,” he hinted.
The BDP cabinet minister further highlighted that “as a messenger of concerned democrats we believe he is drowned by the opposition cadres and they easily manipulate him during debates leading to misinterpretation of party message.” The BDP long serving member believes “he (Kablay) is my personal project, just trying to persuade him to know his capabilities.” He however did not hint whom he wants as replacement of the parliamentary speaker and the chief whip.
When reached for comment the Letlhakeng-Lephephe lawmaker, Kablay, would not be drawn into discussing the matter but coded that he is aware some BDP MP’s want to remove him from his party parliamentary function. He was however quick to point out that he believes he has been executing his role as chief whip and party mouthpiece in parliament diligently and to the best of his abilities. “I speak well for this party, and I love this party,” he insisted.
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.