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Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has suspended four members amid reports that the activist had been meeting with Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) officials behind closed doors with a view of jumping ship. The four have been branded bad losers.

The implicated party members are former youth league president and party council candidate in the past general elections, Lotty Manyapetsa; the incumbent youth league secretary general Thato Osupile, Virginia Masole and Oganne Mazwigwila.

BCP Information and Publicity Secretary Dithapelo Keorapetse said that the party Executive Committee met on the 30th of July 2015 and decided to suspend the quartet pending investigations of breach of party discipline. “The suspension is with immediate effect pending further investigations into the matter and disciplinary proceedings,” reads the statement.

The foursome are accused of having met with BDP officials and agreed to join the party and now trying to recruit more BCP members to join BDP. “The said members have been meeting senior BDP members and have been funded to recruit party members to defect from the party and cause instability,” said Keorapetse.

Keorapetse, who is also Member of Parliament for Selebi Phikwe West has cautioned members against the ongoing recruitment and other acts of indiscipline spearheaded by the suspended members. “Members are further advised to desist from meeting or entertaining them in any way during the period of suspension,” he cautioned.  

The four activists are believed to have been aggrieved by the party’s resolution to court fellow opposition party Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) with the view of cooperation in the next general elections.

Osupile, who was at the beginning of this year elected secretary general of the youth wing made his position clear that they did not want BCP to consider joining UDC, a position which was adopted by the youth league.

Osupile, along with former youth wing leader Manyapetsa, and the current youth league president Tumiso Rakgare campaigned for Taolo Lucas team, which was believed to be against engagement of UDC ahead of the 2014 general elections.

Lucas’ team was defeated by Dr Kesitigile Gobotswang, which boasted in its ranks Kentse Rammidi, Motsei Rapelana and Dithapelo Keorapetse in the battle for the control of the party.

Dumelang Saleshando who sailed through unopposed, had warned activist at the congress that the party would take stern action against members who were engaging on the conduct which undermined the party.

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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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