Former Botswana Congress Party’s (BCP) parliamentary candidate for Gaborone Bonnington North, Anna Mokgethi, who recently defected to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has revealed that his former party president, Dumelang Saleshando, and his executive have become too powerful and are not accountable to anyone.
Speaking in press conference today in Gaborone, where she was welcomed into BDP, Mokgethi said the recent BCP constitutional amendments have shifted the power from other party structures to the president and his executive.
“This is not what we stood for. We left the Botswana National Front (BNF) because of the power of its president. The president and the executive are excluding party structures in decision making,” she said.
Among the amendments mentioned by Mokgethi, which did not sit well with her is the extension of executive committee lifeline from three years to five years.
“This means that following last year’s congress, BCP will only go for elective congress after the next general elections,” she said.
Mokgethi also accused her former party of playing ‘musical chairs’ with party position by rotating the same faces. Mokgethi, who is the BCP founding member, said the BCP leadership have remained the same since its formation.
She further accused opposition parties for hypocrisy, saying they are failing to practice what they preach. She said if the opposition wants utopia, they should indeed show it in the way they run their parties.
She also alleges that, ahead of the 2015 Kanye Congress, BCP leadership encouraged factionalism in the party, something which was foreign in the BCP culture.
Mokgethi further indicated that BCP central committee allows non-elected members of the party to sit and participate in central committee meetings.
Mokgethi’s joining of BDP brings to an end, a long spell of speculations following her withdrawal from BCP activities and subsequent resignation from the party last year.
Mokgethi, who was formerly with BNF, revealed that she grew in a traditional BDP family. Mokgethi is a sister to the current Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Frans van der Westhuizen who is also MP for Kgalagadi South.
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.