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Lotlaamoreng will win – Historian

Dikgosi want better salaries and their power back

Leading and renowned historian and analyst,Dr Rodgers Molefhi has urged the government to reconsider the chiefs conditions of service and powers if they are to see them staying focused and fulfill their duties to their Merafhe as Dikgosi.

Molefi’s remarks come in the wake of Barolong Chief, Kgosi Lotlaamoreng’s much talked about intended move to politics. Lotlaamoreng recently tendered his resignation to ntlo Ya Dikgosi chairsperson, a move largely suspected to be preparation for his mve into politics.

Commenting on the issue, Molefi stated, “I have two idioms for that, Motlhanka gaa Mogolo go monngagwe, secondly Monnaphage oja Mangana. I will explain this,” he said.

Molefi went on to explain the idioms as: “No one can dare stand against Lotlaamoreng and win, tell me – who stood against Kgosi Bathoen, Seretse Khama and Tawana Moremi and won?,” he asked rhetorically with his trademark grin.

Molefhi elucidated further his point saying, “ours is a chiefly society and it will remain like that for years, we respect chiefs and my advice would be that no one should dare take a Chief on and expect victory, it may actually turn more sour than that,” he said.

But why are senior Chiefs goin into politics with alarming numbers? “I think they are responding to the political climate,Chiefs are trustworthy,fatherfigures,you name it,that makes them heavyweights in every contest that may arise,” he said.
“Our political landscape is made up of political dwafs and fly-by nights and the Chiefs in my view are responding to a situation- that is still unfolding,” he remarked.

Molefhi posits that life at Ntlo Ya Dikgosi seemed boring, “Chiefs now have little powers, parliament, which is a political establishment have more powers than them, and Chiefs will go where the powers is,” he said. According to him, “peharps Parliament is the only place where they can make a difference,where they can be heard and so forth.”

When quizzed on whether Batswana should worry,Molefi argued that the exodus of Dikgosi into parliamnet was indeed a cause for concern. “Yes it should,but it should worry the leadership more-which i believe its doing,” he responded.

“But it shouldn’t worry us again because Bogosi is dead,I do not know whether it’s buried yet.Nobody recognises it and Parliament is peharps the only place where they can maintain their relevance,exercise their powers and rule,” he said.

The good thing about the new generation of Dikgosi, according to Molefhi is that they are learned, “they are not like their fathers who were just there,this crop can take over when politicians fail,they can provide direction and leadership,they are reliable,” he said.

Whether Lotlaamoreng wins or loses, he can still go back and assume his position of being chief-without his status of credibility suffering, Molefi asserts. “If he goes into politics he can simply appoint anybody to hold the fort for him and come back if he wants to,whether he loses or wins doesn’t matter,he will still remain a respectable Barolong Chief,” he said.

He concludes that there is nothing wrong with Lotlaamoreng going into politcs,”like Seretse Khama,Bathoen,Tawana he can also exploit his position as Kgosi to his advantage,” he concluded.

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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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