In separate letters to President Lt Gen Ian Khama and the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Gladys Kokorwe, Specially Elected Member of Parliament, Mr. Eric Mothibi Molale on Friday resigned from his positions as Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration and as a Specially Elected Member of Parliament.
In both his letters to the President and to the Speaker, Mr. Molale states that: “The sole purpose of this resignation is to allow me to contest and represent the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in the Goodhope-Mabule Constituency in the forthcoming bye-election.”
In his letter to the Speaker, Mr. Molale further refers to Section 35(5)(a) of the Electoral Act [CAP.02:09], which provides as follows:
“No person may be nominated for election- â€¨(a) in more than one constituency or while such a person is a Member of the National Assembly…” adding that:
“In accordance with this provision, this is to inform you that I have decided to resign as Specially Elected Member of Parliament, as a hereby do, with immediate effect.”
In his letter to the President, Mr. Molale also refers to Section 42(3)(i) of the Constitution that provides as follows:
“Appointments to the office of Minister or Assistant Minister shall be made by the President from among members of the National Assembly…”
In his letter to the President he further observes that:
“In accordance with this provision read with section 35(5)(a) of the Electoral Act, this is to inform you that I have decided to resign as Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, as I hereby do, with immediate effect.”
This past weekend Mr. Molale won the BDP primary election to represent the party in the forthcoming bye-election, which is to be held in the coming month.
KHAMA RE-APPOINT MOLALE TO CABINET
President Khama, has on Friday exercised his authority under Section 42 of the Constitution to reappoint Mr. Eric Molale as Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration. Under the said section the Honourable Minister will not attend Parliament.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.