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.
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
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.