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UDC did not want Pilane in Motswaledi investigations

UDC Presidents: Ndaba Gaolathe of BMD and Duma Boko of BNF

Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) top leadership had qualms with the involvement of Sidney Pilane in the investigations which ensued after the death of Gomolemo Motswaledi, Weekend Post has established.  

According to a high ranking Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) official, UDC president Duma Boko and the then Head of Policy and Research Ndaba Gaolathe were not comfortable with an outsider being involved in the delicate matter and had secretly arranged for their own pathologist.

“Boko and Ndaba wanted a different pathologist to carry out the post-mortem concurrently with the one brought on board by Pilane, unfortunately he could not arrive on time for the exercise,” said the source.

It is understood that Reggie Perumal, a South African based pathologist was brought on board by Sidney Pilane abetted by BMD Chairman Nehemiah Modubule.  

Perumal was also housed by Pilane with the costs associated with the exercise being fully sponsored by the former party spokesperson.

Weekend Post was further informed that prior to his death, Motswaledi had informed those close to him about a plan hatched to oust him at the next congress.

Motswaledi was successfully re-elected for the second time as BMD leader at the 2013 Maun Congress, where majority of his National Executive Committee (NEC) were re elected.

“Before Motswaledi perished, they were planning to topple him in Gantsi. We knew about it in advance and he [Motswaledi] talked about it,” said the source.

At the Gantsi Congress held last year July, a number of NEC members who were associated with Motswaledi were toppled. Key among those who lost seats is Gabriel Masie who served as party National Organising Secretary and Campaign Manager for Motswaledi’s Gaborone Central 2014 parliamentary bid.

Also among those who lost their positions was Sennye Kono, who was replaced by Tseleng Botlhole as party Deputy Secretary General. Gaolathe and Wynter Mmolotsi were not challenged for the position of president and vice president respectively.

The aftermath of the Gantsi Congress saw the party emerging divided by factions, one vying for incumbent party president and one vying for Pilane.

Earlier this year, BMD president, Gaolathe had said that the process which was adopted to grant Pilane membership was unconstitutional since his earlier application at Gaborone North was rejected. Pilane would later be granted membership at Mochudi West branch after being aided by party secretary general, Gilbert Mangole to do so.

Modubule and Gilbert Mangole emerged as the strongest Pilane supporters within the BMD, both of them declaring that his admission back into the party was procedural.

With the party factions defying each other, impeccable sources have indicated that the party may consider calling for a Special Congress, where delegates will vote for a new National Executive Committee.  

The party is also in the process of holding its Women’s League congress in May. It is understood that the Pilane faction has a tight grip on things and his team is likely to emerge victorious.

Meanwhile Gaolathe’s team is confident that calling for a special congress remains the only feasible way for the party to function normally.

The battle within the party is now for the lobbying for support within the party structures. The party branches form part of delegates who will be voting at the coming elective congress or the special congress if party structures cause it to be called.

Meanwhile, the party has managed to hold its first branch congress at Gaborone Central which is fully behind the incumbent president of the party.

Contacted for comment, BMD chairman, Modubule said “what I know is that it was a consensus decision to for Reggie Perumal to be engaged.” He further said Pilane decision to pay for the costs was based on the understanding that the UDC had asked for financial assistance on the matter.

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BAD WEEK FOR MANCHESTER CITY

6th February 2023

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

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

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.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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