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Khama delays nomination of Specially Elected MP

In an unprecedented move, President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has deferred the crucial pronouncement of his preferred Specially Elected Member of Parliament (SEMP) – as the national assembly opens next week Monday.

The constitution gives President Khama powers to present a specially elected MP subject to parliament’s endorsement through a normal voting process. SEMP position became vacant following resignation of Eric Molale who contested the Good Hope-Mabule bye election but lost to Lotlaamoreng Montshioa.

It has been largely believed that the 1st meeting of the 2nd session of the 11th parliament on Monday 9th November will usher in two new legislators being MP elect, Lotlaamoreng and a new unspecified nominated legislator.   

However, speaker of parliament Gladys Kokorwe declared yesterday (Friday) during a press briefing that the SEMP nomination process will be delayed. “The election of a specially elected member of parliament will be done at a later date,” she told a group of journalists at the press conference.

In justifying this improbable move, Kokorwe said the State of the Nation Address (SONA) is supposed to be a stand-alone business on Monday and un-interfered by other businesses of the magnitude of electing SEMP in parliament.

She emphasized to inquisitive journalists that no date so far has been earmarked for the SEMP election dispensation but it would be communicated in due course as developments unravel.

While she stressed that the day would be busy, the second female Speaker of parliament told the journalists that the anticipated swearing in of MP-elect, Lotlaamoreng will take place.  

“Batswana will have the opportunity to witness the swearing in of the new Member of Parliament for Good Hope Mabule constituency,” she said.

The 1st meeting, Kokorwe said is generally the beginning of Parliament year and it always commences with the delivery of SONA by the president.

According to the Speaker, parliament will have to spend more fifteen days responding to President Khama’s speech and also stating issues affecting their constituents – while the nominated MP portfolio remains vacant.  

Constitutionally, Khama has the prerogative to cherry-pick from any citizen of good standing who is largely assumed to possess immaculate credentials, unlikely expertise and skills as well as a reputable track record usually missing in parliament – to complement the crop of the legislators.

It is understood that some in the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) are against the bouncing back of Eric Molale while he seems the most likely candidate for the position.

Eric Molale was chosen by Khama and endorsed by parliament; he then resigned to contest the Goodhope Mabule bye election and lost the constituency which was contested after James Mathokgwane resigned, in pursuit of greener pastures.

Other names being dropped around for the position include that of BDP Secretary General, Botsalo Ntuane.  

The process of selection of SEMP, some observers say, has been used to appease political rejects who are part of the ruling elites and making the inner circle of the president.

While reasons for the delay are still unclear, observers believe Khama may be having a hard time choosing his preferred parliament entrant.

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BAD WEEK FOR MANCHESTER CITY

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

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