MAUN: A 25 year old woman of Mabudutsa ward in Seronga and 23 year old man of Dingu cattle post are allegedly investigated for murdering their 15 months old baby boy by throwing him in the Okavango River at Seronga on October 16th 2015.
According to Maun police superintendent John Kelebeng, the police were alerted after one of the couple’s relative questioned the couple about the whereabouts of the baby and the mother confessed that they threw their baby in the river as the were unable to take care of him.
Superintendent Kelebeng says the relative then reported the matter to the police, Kelebeng added that the police managed to retrieve the baby’s dead body from the river at around 6:30 in the evening on the same date of October 16th.
Superintendent Kelebeng confirmed that the couple are under police custody and will appear in court after the police investigations are complete that includes post mortem and the couple mental state results.
Meanwhile at two Maun elderly men 66 year old Xhaute Khutsafalo of Newtown ward and 51 year old Supervisor Mooketsi of Sedie ward both unemployed were yesterday charged for affray – fighting in public- which is punishable under section 88 of the penal code 08:01by Maun customary court senior chief representative Charles Letsholathebe.
According to the particulars of the offence the two men fought in public at Sedie ward where Khutsafalo went to confront Mooketsi on the reasons why he had shouted and whipped his son, it is said that Khutsafalo got angry and whipped Mooketsi with a stick all over his body, in his defence Mooketsi grabbed a bag full of spanners and hit Khutsafalo with them across his facing resulting in his breaking his teeth.
The police officers who attended the case produced medical reports in court confirming that indeed Khutsafalo had lost most of his teeth due to Mooketsi’s assault.
In passing his judgement Maun Customary Court Senior Chief Representative Charles Letsholathebe sentenced the two men to two months imprisonment wholly suspended for four months without committing similar offence, Letsholathebe also gave the two man a tongue lashing, he told them that he felt that corporal punishment would have been suitable for them and that they are lucky due to their old age “You are an embarrassment to society, how can to grown men like you fight in public, in front of your children, you should be the ones guiding and mentoring your children, I advised you to desist from this kind of behaviors. If I see you two here, I won’t hesitate to send you to prison.” concluded Letsholathebe.
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.
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.
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.