The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) was recently forced to move swiftly and thwart an ouster plot that the councilors were aiming at the deputy Francistown City Council (FCC) mayor, Lechedzani Modenga.
Information reaching WeekendPost is that BDP councilors are cranking up the heat on Modenga to be dethroned from the deputy mayoral position. BDP councilors here are accusing the city’s second citizen of ever missing in action.
One concerned councilor allegedly raised the concern during a recent meeting convened and chaired by Vice President Mokgweetsi, who is also the ruling party chairperson at Tati River Lodge here in Francistown.
At a meeting attended by some BDP regional committee members for the Francistown region and branch secretaries from the three constituencies in the country’s second largest city, according to impeccable sources, councilors questioned the ever non-availability of Modenga.
WeekendPost has learnt from impeccable sources that one councilor sought advice from the vice president as to what action could be taken for Modenga whom councilors accused of always away without official leave (AWOL).
Councilors here wanted to be guided as to whether it will be inappropriate for them to pass a vote-of-no-confidence on the ever absent deputy mayor, sources said. Our sources added that the toppling of Modenga would solve the barrage of criticism that the ruling party councilors are receiving from opposition civic leaders.
In response, the VP allegedly advised councilors to desist from the penchant of passing a vote-of-no-confidence against fellow democrats. According to sources, Masisi said such move (of passing vote-of-no-confidence) has got the potential of disintegrating the party.
He allegedly gave Francistown councilors two options which are waiting for his two and half years period elapses and vote in a new person for the position of deputy mayor or persuading him to write a resignation letter.
While obtaining a comment from the VP himself proved futile, the BDP Francistown region’s secretary general Rauboy Mpuang said it would not be a surprise that the party chairperson is said to have been preaching peace amongst democrats.
Although he professed ignorance about the alleged meeting where councilors were encouraged to work hand in glove with other democrats, Mpuang said Francistown councilors have learnt from previous experiences that passing vote-of-no-confidence against another democrat can be suicidal.
According to sources, the BDP had to move swiftly because it is trying by all means necessary not to further fragment the already disintegrated Francistown councilors. Since taking as a city mayor in December 2014, Francistown mayor Silvia Muzila has survived three ouster plots on three occasions.
It took the intervention of the party’s top brass to quell the fires which nearly tore the once close knit BDP family within the country’s second largest city’s chambers into tatters.
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.