Ignatius Moswaane, Member of Parliament for Francistown West
The Member of Parliament for Francistown West, Ignatius Moswaane says he intends to have a private and sincere talk with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Gladys Kokorwe over their long standing differences and constant disagreements in the house.
The obviously frustrated MP revealed his intentions this week, shortly after the Speaker refused to let him interrupt a debate and threatened to throw him out of the house.
“I intend to arrange a meeting with the Speaker so that we can iron out our differences. Obviously she has issues with me and I do not have a clue as to what the cause of the problem is. I am an elected Member of the house and I do not have to always be denied the right to speak,” Moswaane revealed.
The clash between the two leaders of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) played out before the Thursday sitting when Moswaane wanted to rise on a point of procedure and Kokorwe refused to let him speak. The Speaker told Moswaane that he was wrong to rise while she was still holding the floor and explained to him that his action was completely unprocedural. However after she sat, she still would not allow Moswaane to rise on the same point as she said she had already overruled him.
A brief heated exchange ensued between the two and Moswaane felt that the Speaker was being unfair on him.
“I am beginning to believe that the Speaker hates me because I do not understand why she would not allow me to speak,” Moswaane had earlier said while in Parliament before he voluntarily walked out of the house.
The tension between Moswaane and the presiding offices of Parliament has been going on for several Months. Since the beginning of this year the Legislator who is serving his very first term in Parliament has been complaining that the Speaker and the deputy Speaker of the house, Kagiso Molatlhegi were ill-treating him. Even though the Presiding officers maintain that Moswaane is yet to learn and understand Parliament standing orders he still feels oppressed and abused.
“This has been going on for some time now. As you may recall, I suffered the same mistreatment when I tried to table motions in Parliament before. I do not want this to continue anymore, hence I want to arrange a meeting with the Speaker,” Moswaane further explained in this week’s interview.
Early this year the tension between Moswaane and the presiding officers escalated and caused Parliament to be adjourned after Moswaane went berserk and verbally attacked his own party leaders when the speaker would not allow him to table a motion in which he wanted the Botswana National Youth Council to be investigated for maladministration.
Moswaane, when in Parliament often break ranks with his party and at some point he wanted President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama to come to Parliament and account whether or not he had fulfilled what he promised electorates during the past general election’s campaign. The motion that never saw the light of the day further wanted President Khama to account before MPs a number of tacky issues.
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.