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BDP MPs turn tables on ministers

Member of Parliament; Ignatius Moswaane

The maverick Member of Parliament for Francistown West, Ignatius Moswaane was at it again this week in parliament. Moswaane who has occasionally attracted the label of dissident within the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) rose on a point of order insisting that the house should discuss water crisis ravaging the southern part of the country rather than members responding to the president’s State of the Nation Address.

“Madam Speaker, on a point of order, I move that this house discuss the devastating situation of  water crisis besieging residents of greater Gaborone and other parliamentary related matters be deferred,” pointed out Moswaane.

The Speaker, Gladys Kokorwe would have none of it as she bluntly told Moswaane that he was out of order. Kokorwe indicated that Moswaane, having been in parliament for a year should be well informed about the Standing Orders and how parliamentary proceedings are conducted.

According to Kokorwe, the least that Moswaane could have done was to file for a motion or question without notice than to disrupt parliamentary proceedings.
The acrimonious and sour relations between Moswaane and Kokorwe seem to be far from over as a mini brawl later ensued:

“Madam Speaker, people of Tlokweng have spent 31 consecutive days without water and that is totally uncalled for. I met some people yesterday from Mmopane who visited Avani Hotel just to relieve themselves as the acute shortage of water has become unbearable. The lives of people who are on medication are under siege,” fumed Moswaane amid thunderous applause from opposition legislators.

Gaborone North legislator, Haskins Nkaigwa remarked that “the devil within the BDP was clearly manifesting”.

The visibly infuriated and impassioned Moswaane expressed his disappointment at the Speaker maintaining that parliament was the only hope for Batswana and they were expecting a lot from them as parliamentarians.

“I cannot come and enjoy my sitting allowance while people whom I represent are in a dire situation or else I will cross the floor,” avowed Moswaane whose utterances prompted legislators Biggie Butale and Botlogile Tshireletso to approach him so he calms down. The trio subsequently left parliament.

Addressing the media later on, Moswaane made it categorically clear that he will not be muzzled by anyone because he is in parliament to represent the aspiration of people. He told the media that he approached the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Kitso Mokaila and unfortunately the meeting proved futile as the former took him for granted. He later on took the issue with the BDP parliamentary caucus and he was disappointed that his colleagues too did not take him serious let alone the deteriorating situation of water crisis. He was concerned that some ministers are underperforming and there seems to be no action taken against them.

The independent minded legislator told the press that if the BDP led government does not declare water crisis as a matter of emergency, he will cross the floor as the party would have dismally failed in fulfilling the promises it made to Batswana in the last general elections.

Moswaane said he will not join any opposition party should he defect but he will rather be an independent MP as opposition parties offer nothing to Batswana. Quizzed about his hostile relations with the Speaker, Moswaane said Kokorwe’s role was not to gag legislators but to facilitate the proceedings of parliament.

“I am not her subordinate and I will never succumb to her attitude of ill-treating me. To start with, I am not paid by her or even the president so why should I worship her since I am not her puppet,” he asked rhetorically.

Sedirwa Kgoroba of Mogoditshane described Moswaane as a hypocrite of first order. He said when Phenyo Butale tabled an urgent motion on water and power crisis bedeviling the country, the same Moswaane voted against it. He said Moswaane was seeking media attention and fame amongst the electorates.

Moswaane is not the only Member of Parliament from the ruling party who has expressed concern about underperforming cabinet ministers. Biggie Butale is also disappointed that there is no action taken against ministers who fail to deliver services to the people. He gave the example that ministries occasionally return their allocated budget back to the Treasury whilst people have not received services. He described the situation as poor service delivery. 

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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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