Member of Parliament for Molepolole North and former Botswana National Front (BNF) Secretary General, Mohammed Khan has said he is irked by certain dynamics currently taking place inside the in the BNF, which have probed him to join the race for the party’s vice presidency.
“The Political climate is extremely harsh, cruel and hostile. The dynamics can make opposition project collapse, so we [opposition] need defence and attack mechanism to put Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) on the back foot,” he said.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with this publication this week, Khan who has also previously held the position of National Organising Secretary, National Treasurer and Deputy Secretary General, further said that he did not want to live with any regrets about not doing something “when the party needed me most”.
“I have experienced the 1998 BNF split which cost the party dearly because we did not handle a lot of things properly to avoid the split.”
Khan said BDP is alive to the fact that opposition parties are in a pole position to take over power in the next general elections, and therefore will do everything to frustrate them.
He said already there are efforts made to infiltrate the opposition parties and cause some sort of instability including by luring members with attractive packages to have them dump their parties.
The Molepolole North legislator expressed that the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) leadership should intervene in the ongoing Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) internal wars for the sake of protecting the mother party.
“At leadership level UDC should intervene with the bigger picture in mind. We are all UDC, people don’t care about BNF, BMD, BPP (Botswana Peoples Party) or BCP (Botswana Congress Party) because they will be voting UDC,” he said.
“If the leadership does not intervene, the matter might get out of control and as a result hurting the UDC electoral success in 2019. I have experienced this situation before and I will be able to help.”
He said it is important for cooperation talks between UDC and BCP to be completed in a short and swift manner so that the party focuses more on strategy and mobilising resources.
Furthermore, he also advises about the need to properly plan for the upcoming internal party primary elections so that the party achieves unity going to 2019 general elections.
“We need to maintain unity within the movement because expectations are huge. People are anticipating a new government, some are resigning from the jobs to prepare to contest for parliamentary and council seats,” he said.
“I am not so afraid of the BDP. There is nothing much they can do. The problem is inside, if we fail to manage party unity.”
He said being in BNF leadership will put him in the forefront in the UDC, and he will use his experience to ensure unity in the coalition and help the party strategise.
“I will convince the leadership to broaden their scope by establishing various committees of people with different expertise and background such as academics and lawyers for the help of the party,” he said.
“We have to realise that there are a lot of people outside the Central Committee with a lot of goodwill and we should deploy such people in various tasks to assist the movement.”
Khan also highlighted that soliciting for financial resources will not be a problem for the party as they will seek assistance outside the country and nobody will question them about it.
“They [BDP] refused to facilitate for political party funding, but they got funding from Nicky Oppenheimer who is also a foreigner,” he stated.
‘We will not apologise for it, and we also expect BDP to continue getting funding from external sources.”
Khan will face Dr Reverend Prince Dibeela for the position of party vice president. Dibeela who contested for parliamentary seat in Molapowabojang-Mmathete played a huge role in the formation of UDC as one of the talks’ conveners. Incumbent, Same Bathobake has declared her intentions not to defend her position. Bathobakae is also MP for Tlowkeng.
Khan has nothing but praises for his competitor whom he described as a ‘good man’.
“Dibeela is a very good man. I love him and would always want to have him around in the leadership. He played a good role in the UDC as a church leader, but he is more diplomatic and I am not. Like I said, the political climate is too hostile and needs someone hard hitting,” he said.
“In that regard I think I complement Boko well. I am a street fighter, and a foot soldier, Boko is not, Motswaledi [Gomolemo] was.”
Khan stated that his experience and skill as a great organiser will help the party in mobilising the people in the run up to 2019 general elections.
“I think I am more of a soldier, have more influence, people appreciate me more and I have walked with BNF for a long time,” he said.
“But if Dr Dibeela wins, there are no hard feelings, I will avail myself to him. And if I win, I will do the same, I will want to bring him on board.”
After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.
According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .
BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.
The alleged breaches include , breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.
The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018
South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.
When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.
“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.
It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.
The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.
Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.
Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.
Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.
For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.
“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”
BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.