Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President Ndaba Gaolathe
Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President Ndaba Gaolathe this week announced that he will propose to the party National Executive Committee (NEC), a motion calling for the suspension of the party youth league until the matter is discussed by the party at the upcoming congress.
Following the party’s Youth League elections last week, the losing camp disputed the results, citing unfairness of the process which was used to conduct the elections.
The highly contested election saw a faction led by former Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC parliamentary candidate for Ramotswa, Rodger Mphafe withdraw at the eleventh hour. The election process proceeded without their participation and incumbent, Phenyo Segokgo and his team were declared the winners.
Mphafe’s team protested the outcome and argued that there was interference from the party’s Vice President, Wynter Mmolotsi and Secretary General, Gilbert Mangole who are said to have supported Segokgo’s team. Mphafe’s team also contended that the outgoing youth league committee, which was up for re-election, was involved in the electoral process, therefore rendering the election unfair.
Gaoathe has admitted that indeed a lot of things had not gone well during the youth congress election and stated that he takes full responsibility of what transpired in Mochudi. Gaolathe expressed his disappointment with the factions that marred the youth league elections and noted that going forward such development should not be allowed to happen within the party.
Gaolathe is expected to meet NEC members to decide over the future of the party young league. The BMD leader wants the current youth league committee to be set aside for now, until the national party congress, which is the supreme organ when it comes to taking resolutions for the party.
In the recent past, Segokgo has admitted that the elections did not go as smooth as they should have but urged his fellow competitor to accept the results and work towards uniting the party. Segokgo was first elected BMDYL President at Selebi Phikwe Congress in 2012, defeating former party spokesperson, Winfred Rasina. Segokgo is also the current president of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Youth League.
Mphafe who strongly feels the party constitution was violated has called on members of his team to cease attacking Segokgo’s team to allow the NEC to deliberate on the matter and make a decision. Mphafe however declined to talk to this publication regarding party president Gaolathe’s proposal to suspend the recently elected youth league. “I cannot discus those matters with the media at the moment,” he said.
Efforts to contact the incumbent youth league president were futile as his mobile phone rang unanswered.
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.