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Block 7 residents replace Serowe imported ‘Ditimamodimo’

Residents of Block 7 in Gaborone have voted to scrap the Serowe imported ‘Ditimamodimo’ as a name to their location and want it to be renamed ‘Peolwane’.

Administrative Secretary in the Office of area legislator Tapiwa Montsho said in a Thursday Ward Development Council (WDC) that Gaborone City Council officials revealed to them that the name ‘Ditimamodimo’ was the name of an eminent ward in Serowe.

She said that on the 22nd of April 2015 the area residents met and drew up a 224 signature petition to GCC demanding that the name be brought down.  

Montsho also said that GCC officials took their time on the issue and they finally responded six months later on the 22nd of October 2015 .A GCC letter in the possession of Weekend Post signed off by one O.Baemisi states that, “the Council now requests from the community to submit the alternative name of their choice to be passed on to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development for consideration and approval.”

The letter also goes on to advise that the community should first of all give reasons why in their view the existing name (Ditimamodimo) is not suitable and also give reasons supporting the alternative name.

It also warns that: “we also advise them that if they want to change the street names they should consider that now as there would not be any opportunity in the future.”

Residents solidly agreed that the name ‘Ditimamodimo’ is an ill-omened name and a curse to the community, families and future offspring. They also said that the fact that it was imported from Serowe makes it divisive to their small community and that they should choose their own unifying name that is not attached to any community.

They also solidly censured Gaborone City Council’s response that the residents of the area were consulted back in 2002 when the location was to be named. They said that in 2002 Block 7 was a desolate bush with no residents and they wonder whether the GCC consulted the cattle breeders and those who farmed in the area or with Self Help Housing Agency (SHHA) which they say was locked in a bitter dispute with the first urban settlers to the area.

Former Botswana Television news anchor Sipho Showa who is also a Block 7 resident said that, “Minister Tshireletso’s remarks that we were consulted worry us because Block 7 was not in existence in 2002 so the issue of consultation does not arise.”

The residents proposed alternative names including, Rebamodimo, Bonokopila, Tshwaragano, Molemo, Theriso and they finally settled for Peolwane which will be supported by a petition to be forwarded to GCC and the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.

They reasoned that ‘Peolwane’ is a name of a rain bird and that rains are of enormous significance to the traditions of Batswana, therefore imbues positivity.

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.

Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021
LAWRENCE-OOKEDITSE

Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.

Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.

Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”

“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.

He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.

He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.

According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.

There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.

Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.

“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication.
The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.

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