The losing Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) candidate in the Goodhope-Mabule bye-election, Eric Mothibi Molale is likely to be told to apologise to his primary election opponent, Kenaleone ‘Fankie’ Motsaathebe who has threatened to quit the party because of the minister’s attitude.
This publication has learnt that BDP top brass, including Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi and secretary general, Botsalo Ntuane met Motsaathebe on Thursday evening to hear his side of the story. Motsaathebe, who believes that he was robbed of a primary election victory against Molale, but later resolved to support him for the sake of the party, wants action to be taken against the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration following the remarks he made against him at a branch committee briefing following the BDP’s humiliation at the hands of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).
In a communication Motsaathebe shared with his close associates and the party leadership, Motsaathebe indicated thus: “Today, in an open meeting in Goodhope, Rre Molale stated that “Ke leboga botlhe ba ke neng ke eme le bone, kwa ntle gaga Fankie!”
The branch committee and the MCC were there but they fear Molale! For the first time in 25 years, I am consulting friends and relatives with a view of quitting the BDP. I have been abused and violated by the party I loved. After the weekend results, it is clear that the BDP may never win our constituency! I, like any politician, have an ambition. But it is clear that under the BDP I will never release my potential. I will make a public statement soon! Fankie Motsaathebe.”
According to Motsaathebe, the attitude of Molale pits him against the wall and he wonders if it is the attitude of the leadership. Although he had not made any public statement as to which party he was likely to join, speculation was that he could jump ship and join the victorious UDC.
Motsaathebe has been unhappy with the party ever since the primary elections held to select a candidate to take on Kgosi Lotlaamoreng in the parliamentary bye-election. He pointed out to cheating of improbable which ensured that Molale emerged victorious in the primaries.
He even threatened to take the party to court until a group of BDP elders calmed him down and asked him to support Molale for the sake of the party. What even gave his suspicions impetus was the fact that when he asked for vote reconciliation his numbers jumped exponentially, including those of the other candidates.
The party refused to give him a recount because he declined to make an undertaking that he will accept whatever form of the results after recount. Motsaathebe had approached private attorney, Obonye Jonas to launch an appeal against the BDP with the High Court, and the BDP cool heads managed to reverse the situation at the eleventh hour.
Molale’s drubbing by Kgosi Lotlaamoreng has effectively shaved him of political stock and he may find himself having to apologise at the very same platform he used to jab at Motsaathebe after the election. Motsaathebe is insisting on an apology in Goodhope and he appears to have the ear of some of the party leaders who are not keen on losing any member at this point.
Insiders allege that Molale’s rile at Motsaathebe could be motivated by the suspicion that the numbers that voted for Motsaathebe in the primaries were donated to the UDC’s Kgosi Lotlaamoreng.
The BDP had projected that it will be voted by over 5500 voters and that 10680 people will vote in the by-election. But all this projections came against the stark reality that the chief was a mountain to climb as a candidate, and that the BDP was divided on the ground, especially after the differences from Mmadinare congress, and not to mention the primary election debacle that saw Motsaathebe threaten court action.
BDP secretary general, Botsalo Ntuane confirmed that they met Motsaathebe but would not share any details of the meeting. On the other hand Motsaathebe insisted that he wants Molale to apologise as he ponders on his next move.
Ntuane could only confirm that the Vice President, Masisi and MCC for the area, Botlogile Tshireletso met Motsaathebe and allowed him to air his grievances. “We managed to calm him down and explained to him that after every election there is an aftershock. We need time to deal with these issues because we are aware that one councillor has defected to the UDC,” he said.
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.