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Boko takes swipe at Pilane

UDC President; Duma Boko

Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) leader, Duma Boko took a seeming snide swing at embattled Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) co-founder, Advocate Sydney Pilane at the commemoration of  the life of late Dr Kenneth Koma in Mahalapye last weekend.

Boko lectured the varied assembly of BNF political hardliners and the church of St John Christians on the worth of integrity and truth, saying for one to understand their people in their societies they have to appreciate integrity and truth.

Boko who appeared to be mounting a thinly veiled assault on the embattled former BMD presidential hopeful who sat a few meters across said that, “many of us here when they pass through tribulations they flip and turn on their convictions and what they represent.These are the type of things we see and the quality of leaders we have who cannot stand for the truth and what they represent, but surprisingly they want to be viewed the same way they used to be seen,” Boko charged as the audience cringed.

He highlighted the life of Dr Koma who strapped 5 academic degrees under his belt in courses ranging from English and psychology, Law through to French, Economics and Philosophy as well as Politics as a life example to be emulated as he had shunned schemes by the founding President Sir Seretse Khama to catapult him to either the Vice Presidency, University of Botswana vice chancellorship or representative of the country at the United Nations in New York, despite easily being one of the country’s most learned and gifted men in the colonial and post colonial times.

Boko continued that many people set off running when they hear about positions and become ecstatic when they are praised for their riches and wealth and that people become confused and run after them, esteeming and extolling them for the riches they posses, “many people like to get excited with this.”

He continued saying that people should put Batswana first and not become intoxicated by the pursuit of the riches of life but seek to be in the service of the people.

Boko also remarked that some people just want positions for their own individualistic gain. He continued highlighting that local radio stations even air sound clips of local politicians at regular intervals and carry out in depth dissections and analyses on topics of conversation at hand and would always revert to them when the concerned individuals change track and course later on.

Pilane had received a frosty and sceptical reception at two of the three BNF events at the weekend and could not be seen at the last one.

Pilane quit BMD after succumbing to the late Gomolemo Motswaledi in elections for party presidency in 2010 while reports claimed he was eyeing a top job as High Court judge. Motswaledi died in an automobile accident en route from neighbouring South Africa two months before the general elections.

The deep pocketed barrister is also said to have big-heartedly bankrolled political campaigns of BMD politicians in the past general elections as well as for the Gantsi elective congress where his supposed alliance reigned supreme. Some of those he is said to have sponsored include current BMD Secretary General Gilbert Mangole.

He was recently rejected by the party he helped form in the Gaborone North constituency apparently over fears that he comes as a destabilising factor to the party. A prominent Member of Parliament and an anti-Pilane campaigner told this publication that they have got wind of information that Pilane is harbouring ambitions to contest for the presidency of BMD against Ndaba Gaolathe and ultimately of the UDC against Duma Boko.

Pilane was subsequently readmitted into the BMD fold in the Kgatleng west constituency helmed by Mangole, an incident that ignited a publicised wrangling in the media sphere pitting BMD president Gaolathe and his deputy Wynter Mmolotsi against party chairman Nehemiah Modubule and Secretary General Gilbert Mangole on the other side of the fence, which the parties involved have since de-escalated, atleast in the media sphere.

NB: In our last edition we carried a headline ‘Boko to quit UDC should he lose 2019 elections’, the fact of the matter is that Boko remarked of quitting the Presidency not the party. We apologise for error.

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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

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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