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Mangoles recruitment cooks up a storm

Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) secretary general, Gilbert Mangole’s membership drive in the Ngami constituency has been blasted as unconstitutional by party officials in the area.

Following the poor performance of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), both at council and parliamentary level in the Ngami Constituency in the 2014 general elections, the BMD secretary general embarked on a journey around the constituency to spread the Moono slogan.  Mangole said just like in other constituencies in the Northern parts of Botswana,   by the time they went for the 2014 elections,   the UDC was yet to entrench itself in the North of Dibete.                            

The membership drive led by Mangole and his team aims at promoting the UDC in the northern part of the country, but others in the party do not see it that way.  

In the previous elections, the Ngami constituency was won by Thato Kwerepe of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) with 7063 votes, against the BCP’s 7015 for Taolo Habano; Cosmos Moenga of the UDC got a paltry 802 votes.

However, Komana/ Toteng council candidate, Thapelo Kentse expressed displeasure at the membership drive saying that secretary general and his team did not inform the Ngami regional and branch committees before the recruitment escapade.

Kentse said issues of this nature could end up fuelling factions within the party. He further suspected that the drive is targeting the BMD president, Ndaba Gaolathe. He is of the view that Mangole and his team are covertly canvassing support for Sidney Pilane, who wants readmission into the BMD. He declared Mangole’s actions as a nightmare for BMD.

“Ke belaela gore ba leka go recruata batho ba Ngami gore fa go iwa ko congress ya phathi ba e go nna mo lekgamong la bone ba seka ba tlhopha Rre Ndaba Gaolathe, he said in vernacular. (I suspect they are recruiting Ngami members to prepare for the congress and ensure that they vote against Ndaba Gaolathe.)

Despite the concerns from some BMD members in the district about the drive, told this publication that the results of the last election has informed them as the UDC that the Moono slogan is yet to reach rural areas hence the membership drive in the Ngami.

Mangole said they performed poorly in the previous elections due to lack of resources. He said limited resources do not allow them to stretch to the North as much as they intended to. According to Mangole the UDC used its limited resources in areas where the party was strong and they had hope of winning especially in the south.

“For the past three weeks we were in Bobonong and we did exceptional well and we hope to succeed in Ngami, where we have targeted close to 5000 members. We are still roaming around Ngami constituency mobilising and registering new members,” he said.

Mangole said they are registering members of the BMD and individuals from other political parties which are non-UDC members like BCP and BDP. The BMD secretary general urged people of Ngami to be part of the political change in 2019 by voting the UDC. He appealed to the youth to be part of that change as the leaders of tomorrow.

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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.

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

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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.

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.”

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