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How UDC MP resigned instantly

Fankie Motsaathebe, Eric Molale are the early favourites for vacant seat

In the normal course of politics, a public official usually takes time before dropping the resignation bombshell, but for Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Member of Parliament for Goodhope -Mabule, James Mathokgwane, the decision was quick.

On Wednesday morning James Mathokgwane handed his resignation letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly. He had not done the routine of consulting with his voters to inform them of his intention; evidently he had no time for consultation.

The former Member of Parliament made it clear that the decision and the reasons behind it were personal. His leader, Duma Boko also reiterated the same stance at a press conference on Thursday to say Mathokgwane’s decision must be respected and the reasons for the resignation remain personal.  

His handlers allude to the fact that it was not an automatic or reflex reaction; an immediate reaction made without examining causes or facts. “This is no typical knee-jerk reactions, as some people want to suggest, Comrade James put this matter to thought,” said a BNF member who preferred anonymity. 

While they point out that Mathokgwane is a very loyal BNF member, they are concerned that his sudden withdrawal from politics could have been propelled by other reasons other than financial ones; nonetheless they still respect his decision.

WeekendPost has gathered that Mathokgwane was interviewed by the Selibe Phikwe Regional Development Agency (SPEDU) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mokubung Mokubung on Tuesday at Masa Centre in Gaborone for the position of Director of Regional Operations based in Selibe Phikwe.

The following morning, Mathokgwane was informed that he has passed his interview and his offer was ready for his signature. Indications are that Mothokgwane was told that he could not counter sign the offer whilst still holding the political office of Member of Parliament.

The Goodhope-Mabule MP did not hesitate; he immediately penned a resignation letter and handed it to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Gladys Kokorwe and came back to counter sign the offer. Mathokgwane was not head-hunted; he took the initiative of responding to a job advertisement that was published in the local newspapers. The job pays three times more than what Mathokgwane was earning as a Member of Parliament.

It will also demand that he relocates from the Borolong area to Selibe Phikwe where SPEDU is based. SPEDU is now under the ambit of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, which is headed by Minister Vincent Seretse. Mothokgwane was a civil servant before UDC formation attracted him back to active politics. All the while he has been known to be a proponent of politics of the left from his days at the University of Botswana.

BDP may push for early primary elections

Meanwhile the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) may push for its primaries to be held before the end of June to ensure that it has ample time to prepare for the parliamentary bye-election. Activists in the constituency want to convince the leadership to deal with issues of the primary elections before the party’s elective congress pencilled for July in Mmadinare.

“We want to regain this constituency; the party will do us a huge favour if everything linked to primary elections is done before the congress. This is a big constituency which has about 20 villages, a new candidate will need time to make himself or herself known to the voters,” said a BDP member in Goodhope.

WeekendPost has gathered that there are already about seven party members who have expressed interest in contesting the primary elections. However the big names that jump up the proposals include that of Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Eric Molale and former BDP Youth Wing chairman, Fankie Motsaathebe, who is currently the regional secretary. Early information indicates that former Member of Parliament for the area, Kitso Mokaila will not contest. But things may change depending on the interests of his handlers.

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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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