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We have no bullets to waste on opposition Khama

President Ian Khama has dismissed insinuations of assassination by the members of the opposition saying the government and Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) does not have money to waste on killing opposition members.

Of recent, the opposition has been pointing an accusing finger at the ruling BDP led government. On a number of occasions, the BDP has been accused of plotting to assassinate some vibrant and influential members of the opposition.

Most recently there were unsubstantiated claims that there was a scheme engineered to eliminate Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) president, Ndaba Gaolathe, who is also the secretary general of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).

“Bare re batla go ba bolaya (They claim that the BDP is out to wipe them). Do you think the BDP or government can waste a bullet by killing an opposition member?” rhetorically asked the country’s first citizen when addressing a political rally in Francistown recently.

Khama was canvassing support for the ruling party’s local government candidate in Peter Nare who will lock horns with the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)’s Uyapo Nyeku in the Philip Matante East ward by-election on April 23, 2016.

The ward fell vacant following the untimely death of the former councilor, Shadrack Nyeku. He passed on at the beginning of this year after succumbing to an unspecified ailment.

According to Khama, the opposition is peddling lies in a desperate bid to woo as much supporters to their side ahead of the by-election. Khama said the opposition is frightening the nation by claiming that the BDP is determined at killing its persuasive members.

“Kana, bullets are expensive. I do not see myself wasting my hard earned money to buy bullets for the sole purpose of shooting and killing a member of the opposition. Bullets cost a fortune,” said Khama.

The former Botswana Defense Force (BDF) commander added: “I do not see myself wasting money buying bullets to kill opposition members. No! This shows that the opposition is very desperate. Opposition has run out of ideas of how they can beat the BDP during elections.”

“So, the opposition is just trying to frighten the nation by uttering unfounded allegations of assassination. There is nothing like that,” said Khama, added that the international reports have vindicated the BDP by rating Botswana the world’s most peaceful country.

He added that Botswana was last year rated 31 against 162 countries across the globe. Khama said Botswana has surpassed even permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council.

Permanent members of the UN Security Council are France, Russia, United States of America (USA), Britain and China. And according to Khama, Botswana has performed extremely well ahead of the UN Security Council members.

The opposition pointed an accusing finger at the state security agencies alongside the ruling BDP following the death of Gomolemo Motswaledi after he was allegedly involved in a car accident in July 2014.

At the time of his untimely death, Motswaledi was the president of the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), a breakaway party from the ruling BDP.

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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.

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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.”

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