The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has come out shooting magnum’s from the hip in a cutting statement that denies assertions and innuendo that President Lt Gen Ian Khama has ambitions to steal a mandate by pursuing a third term in office.
The BDP’s new Communications and International Relations Chairman, Thapelo Pabalinga has pigeonholed in a strongly worded statement against a Gabz FM morning program termed ‘What if HE Khama does not step down’ as a malicious programme aimed at tarnishing president Khama’s name.
Khama has in the past spoken strongly against African leaders who amend constitution to prolong their stay in power. He has publicly declared that he will be stepping down when his term ends in 2018.
Pabalinga continued his shelling of the private radio station in one of the most scathing BDP rebuttals in recent memory, reproving the station of being devoid of will to conduct simple research for its programs explaining that, “in any case this is yet another example of the refusal of some of those at the station to do their research: had they done the most elementary of research Gabz FM would have known that on numerous occasions president Khama has reiterated the fact that upon the end of his term he shall move on and a new occupant of the office assume it as per the dictates of the constitution.”
Pabalinga contends that had such effortless research been carried out the station’s morning program on the likelihood of president Khama extending his mandate would have been ‘rendered moot’, before hinging his argument on the unavailability of any intra party topic of discussion or bill at present to change the constitution.
While President Ian Khama has several times showed disinterest in public office beyond his constitutional term limit and is also known for his lack of innate political drive and often times emerging in his few appearances on international fora to lampoon statesmen in the habit of skirting constitutional term limits in the sub-continent, rumour and mistrust on his stately ambitions beyond 2018 refuses to wear down.
Khama who is also the chairman of the regional bloc, Southern African Development Community seized his swearing in as SADC head to lampoon former rebel leader Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza for circumventing his constitutional limit to secure himself a controversial third term, a development that has thrown the country into chaos while his disdain for tyrannical despots and rogue regimes such as Zimbabwe, Iran and neo-colonialist China is catalogued.
The Office of the President has also come out guns blazing against the topic discussed on Gabz FM. The officials at the Office of the President have labelled the discussion as “mischievous”. But Gabz FM is of the view that it has the right as a media organisation to pose topics for discussion by its listeners. The BDP Youth Wing chairman, Andy Boatile went to town in a statement aimed at the station. He declared that Gabz FM is an opposition party hell-bent on attacking the BDP.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.