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WUC, BPC square up over water crunch

WUC blames BPC for ‘deepened’ water rationing

The two parastatals Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) are in a row over the water crisis currently sweeping the country. The water predicament has grown worse beginning of this month, with some areas in Gaborone going without water for as long as 7 days.

Weekend Post has established that the WUC is playing the blame game, and faults the power supplier for the prolonged water rationing. The frequent power cuts, according to the water corporation, affect the Water Utilities pump stations which use electricity to push large volumes of water to the affected areas.

While the water corporation has previously attributed their rationing to diminishing water sources, the organisation has now shifted the blame for the strengthened water restrictions to BPC’s “electricity cuts.”

This publication as established that WUC has put BPC against the wall for contributing to the expanded water scheming that is currently widespread across the Greater Gaborone area. It is understood that the mostly affected areas include Metsimotlhabe, Mmopane, Mmopane Block 1, Mogoditshane, Tsolamosese, Gabane, Tloaneng, Tlokweng and Kumakwane.

“The Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) would like to inform its valued customers in the Greater Gaborone Area that it is currently experiencing water supply challenges. This is as a result of the general water shortage which is further affected by the ‘prolonged power cuts’ experienced recently,” a statement from WUC highlighted.

The statement further posits “due to this situation, water users in these areas will continue to experience water cuts even outside the water rationing schedule.”

BPC Marketing and Communications Manager Spencer Moreri could not dispute the development, “yes it’s true that our power cuts bring inconvenience to businesses in general including negatively affecting the water situation,” he confirmed to WeekendPost.

The BPC spokesperson attributed the power cuts to break down of units at the controversial Morupule B power station.

Moreri highlighted that WUC have pump stations which obviously use electricity to push water to various areas across the country. “So when there is a power cut they get affected and therefore that’s how water rationing may have deepened,” he explained.

He however hit back and warned WUC to always have back-up generators to avert the situation. “They are advised to have back-up generators,” he lamented.

Due to the power cuts some residents in Greater Gaborone have complained that, for the previous three to four days a week for water rationing, in some areas their taps have gone dry for almost 7 consecutive days.

The corporation management has behind the scenes declared crisis for Greater Gaborone areas, and went to an extent of acceding that their only hope lies with rainfall. They highlight that rainfall is the only answer to supplement, complement and – in fact rescue – their dwindling efforts of providing sufficient water to the south of the country.

This publication has gathered that, to date, Gaborone dam, Bokaa dam and Nnywane dam – all of which source Greater Gaborone – have virtually failed. Molatedi dam is also said to be slowly drying up while the North South carrier has triggered complaints that they are as well dehydrating the north dams.

The Greater Gaborone area uses an average of 125 million litres per day while it’s currently producing only 92 million litres a day.

The Masama Wellfields project which will augment water to the Greater Gaborone area is currently being tested and when fully functional will inject around 30 million litres into the NSC1 a day to water the Greater Gaborone area.

Owing to the ‘ongoing water rationing’ WUC is said to be in need of 110 million litres a day to supply the Greater Gaborone area.

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

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.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021

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.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

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.

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