President Lt Gen Dr Ian Khama’s blue eyed boy who was towards 2014 General Elections assigned with a commanding position as a ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) National Campaign Manager, Alec Seametso, is Acting Chairperson of Southern District Council (SDC).
Seametso automatically assumed the position following the abrupt departure of the Council Chairperson, Mephato Reatile who was selected by President Khama and endorsed by parliament as a Specially Elected Member of Parliament (SEMP). The former Ngwaketse West legislator ascended to the SDC chairmanship following his defeat at the 2014 General Elections. He was nominated by the Minister of Local government and Rural Development planning to the council. Weekend Post has established that Seametso, currently acting at the helm of SDC, has already submitted his name at the party council caucus to declare his candidature for the substantive chairmanship of the Council.
So far Seametso’s name, and that of Nyorosi east Councillor, Thapelo Pelekekae, has been presented at the caucus and it is anticipated that they will be assessed and eventually the party will send one candidate at the full Council after voting for them through a secret ballot. With the BDP in majority at the Council the party is expected to sail through their preferred candidate. Indications suggest that Seametso lead the trail as he is seen as a politically jagged and solid candidate with strong base to replace Reatile.
“Seametso will likely win the support of the BDP hopefuls at our caucus as he is a doer, want things done properly especially pertaining to the civil service and knows how to fight rampant lawlessness,” a BDP Councillor at SDC told Weekend Post on Friday. However others caution his undoing character in which at times he is seen as cheeky and pompous and as 2 evils that may hamper his race, ultimately giving a reasonable chance to Pelekekae. For deputy chair, after the expected resignation of the Specially elected Councillor Seametso, Mafhikana Councillor, Thamiso Chabalala has also submitted his name and will lock horns with Magotlhwane/Kgomokasitwa Councillor, Sonny Phiri. BDP sources in the area say stakes may be drawn in favour of Chabalala who is also the deputy Chairperson of Kanye Administrative Authority (KAA).
According to the Council Standing Orders, those wishing to stand for the elections at the Council need to relinquish their current posts and wait for 30 days serving notice. They can only resign with immediate effect when they are going for a national call such as was the case with Reatile who was heading to parliament as a nominated legislator subsequent to some constitutional amendments. Both Seametso (SDC deputy Chair) and Chabalala (KAA deputy Chair) are expected to resign in due course to contest new posts. The date for the Council Elections is not yet set.
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.