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No action on Masisi victory petition

Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi and President Lt. Gen. Ian Khama

There are concerns from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) faithfuls that the party is ignoring a petition by the defeated party chairmanship candidates who had protested Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi’s chairmanship win at the July Mmadinare Congress.

The petitioners are former Minister of Justice, Defence and Security, Ramadeluka Seretse; former Botswana Ambassador to the United States of America, Tebelelo Seretse; former Youth Wing chairman Dithapelo Tshotego; Seteng Motalaote and businessman, Moemedi Dijeng.

The petition which was led by Tebelelo Seretse was made two weeks after the losing candidates had accepted defeat. Seretse, who lost to Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi by 219 votes to 582 wrote a letter to party President, Lieutenant General Ian Khama indicating that she does not accepts the results citing some irregularities and pinpointing a few individuals as well as quoting some.

Among those who have offended the petitioners is the Chairman of the electoral board, Parks Tafa who at one point at the congress asked whether one of the candidates was really a bonafide member of the BDP.

The letter was signed by all the candidates except Tati West Member of Parliament, Biggie Butale who also lost in the chairperson race. Seretse has refused to divulge the aims of the letter as well as its contents.

This publication has established that the party is ignoring Seretse and other petitioners’ letter with the hope and knowledge that the protest will die a natural death. Although it’s not clear what the letter intends to achieve, Seretse says she will be patient with the party, “we do not know when they will respond to the letter and we don’t want to pass judgement now. What we are still waiting for is a response,” she said in response to WeekendPost.

Asked about whether she deems the time taken by the party as reasonable, Seretse who was at pains to speak on the matter said “I cannot make judgements, I don’t know what is delaying them,   I can only pass judgement if I was privy to the details of their delay,” she said.

Seretse would not discuss other arising questions referring this publication to the BDP. “I cannot give my opinion on some issues because this is a matter that is still before the party,” she said.

In an interview, the Party Secretary General, Botsalo Ntuane said that it was regrettable that the party has taken so long to respond to the concerns of the petitioners, “it is indeed regrettable that we have taken so long to respond. That matter is now before the Council of elders and we are still waiting to hear from them,” he said.

He ascribed the delay to various issues like failure to convene meetings and some difficulties, “We will engage affected parties once the matter has been dealt with,” said the Secretary General.

During the campaigns, Seretse and other candidates raised a concern that Masisi was using state resources to campaign and his campaign team members were intimidating delegates. Things came to light when the Francistown West Member of Parliament asked the Ministry of the presidency to update Parliament about the places Masisi visited using Botswana Defence Force aircrafts, the total fuel and ancillary flying costs in his campaign before the Mmadinare congress in July. Mmolotsi also wanted to know the areas the Vice President visited using government vehicles as well as the cost of vehicle and hotel accommodation for him and his entourage, during the campaign trail.

Makgalemele said that during the campaign period (April 2015 to July 2015), Masisi used approximately P170,000 on transport and fuel for his air/road trips countrywide and P48,000 on accommodation. “I wish to point out that where meetings were tied to official duties, government covers costs, while for party business, His Honour the Vice President meets the costs of accommodation and food,” he said.

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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

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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