The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) through its Central Committee has recently resolved to take over opposition held constituencies across the country.
According to a highly placed BDP law maker, the party feels that the constituencies which were won by the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and Botswana Congress Party (BCP) have been neglected.
“As a party we will be taking care of those constituencies to make sure that they are not somehow neglected,” the BDP Member of Parliament (MP) pointed out.
WeekendPost has established that the responsibility entails visiting those constituencies, updating them on parliamentary business in terms of passed and proposed motions, and upcoming developments.
In the 2014 general elections, opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) garnered in their bag 17 constituencies being Gabane-Mmakgodi, Gaborone Bonnington North, Gaborone Bonnington South, Gaborone Central, Gaborone North and Ghanzi North.
Other UDC won constituencies include Goodhope-Mabule, Jwaneng-Mabutsane, Kanye South, Mochudi East, Mochudi West, Mogoditshane, Molepolole South, Molepolole North and Tlokweng.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) attained only 3 constituencies namely Ramotswa, Okavango and SelibePhikwe West.
In the new development, it is understood that for example MP for Gantsi South Christiaan Degraaf will invade and take care of the constituents of Gantsi North as well – where UDC MP’s Noah Salakae is the incumbent.
He added that Muhammad Khan’s Molepolole North will be watched over by Letlhakane-Lephepe MP Liakat Kablay and Gaborone South MP Kagiso Molatlhegi will oversee some of Gaborone constituencies which are UDC infested.
Another BDP MP Ngaka Ngaka representing Letlhakeng/Takatokwane will take over Molepolole South which is currently under Tlamelo Mmatli of UDC. It was also agreed that Tati East law maker Guma Moyo would put a watchful eye on Same Bathobakae’s Tlokweng constituency.
The BDP immaculate source also said that they will use the BDP branch committees to invade the opposition held constituencies.
According to the ruling party MP, the Central Committee reached the decision because “opposition MP’s are difficult to work with as they don’t disseminate every useful information to the electorates as they fear putting BDP on the spotlight”.
BDP Chair for Publicity and International Relations sub-committee Fish Pabalinga confirmed the new development but clarified that the issue was meant for BDP members to easily liaise with each other along the party structures.
“For example if a constituency is not under the radar of BDP, then someone would be summoned to look after the constituents so that accurate information can be properly disseminated,” Pabalinga told this publication.
He emphasized that the move is purely for the benefit of the party so that there is efficiency for trickling of information from ordinary members of the party to BDP MP’s even in areas not in the hands of the party.
However UDC Publicity Secretary Moeti Mohwasa said he is not surprised with the gesture as he believes that with the ruling BDP everything is possible no matter how absurd.
“We are not surprised with the move because with the BDP everything is possible even to reverse the outcome of 2014 General Elections. You know they won with less that 50% so they will do anything really.”
The UDC spokesperson also went on to state that the party does not understand where the problem is, however, Mohwasa hinted that the main problem could be the BDP policies and their attitude towards the workers.
He said: “they are flawed that is why there is a high unemployment rate. They should therefore address the root cause of the problem and not the political stunt of discrediting opposition MP’s by saying they will take care of their constituents.”
The Minister of Justice, Machana Shamukuni says the search to appoint the Ombudsman and other critical heads of department is currently ongoing and the process is expected to be completed before end of the year.
The Ombudsman position fell vacant almost five months ago after Augustine Makgonatsotlhe was removed from the office and appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.
Two Batswana nationals have been arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal trade in mercury. The duo is being held together with a Zimbabwean national who is being questioned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
This publication understands that the suspects who are aged between 39 and 56 years hail from Tutume and Selebi-Phikwe. At the time of the arrest, they were found in possession of a pistol, bomb motor and four live rounds. It is understood that the suspects told investigators during interrogation that the deadly substance has a lucrative market in Far East countries, where the demand is high. It is further reported that the suspects claimed that the mercury can be easily accessed in mines through middleman.
The Namibian Lives Matter Movement has weighed in on the looming border dispute between their country and Botswana.
Commenting on reports that the Namibian Parliament has dispatched a committee along the border between the two countries on fact finding mission, the group commended“the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, De-fence and Security that will engage community members living along the Namibia Botswana Border in conducting public hearings into acts of aggression and brutality by Botswana Defence (BDF) Force against innocent and unarmed Namibians.”