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.
The Minister of Justice, Machana Shamukuni says the search to appoint the Ombudsman and other critical heads of department is currently ongoing and the process is expected to be completed before end of the year.
The Ombudsman position fell vacant almost five months ago after Augustine Makgonatsotlhe was removed from the office and appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.
Two Batswana nationals have been arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal trade in mercury. The duo is being held together with a Zimbabwean national who is being questioned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
This publication understands that the suspects who are aged between 39 and 56 years hail from Tutume and Selebi-Phikwe. At the time of the arrest, they were found in possession of a pistol, bomb motor and four live rounds. It is understood that the suspects told investigators during interrogation that the deadly substance has a lucrative market in Far East countries, where the demand is high. It is further reported that the suspects claimed that the mercury can be easily accessed in mines through middleman.
The Namibian Lives Matter Movement has weighed in on the looming border dispute between their country and Botswana.
Commenting on reports that the Namibian Parliament has dispatched a committee along the border between the two countries on fact finding mission, the group commended“the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, De-fence and Security that will engage community members living along the Namibia Botswana Border in conducting public hearings into acts of aggression and brutality by Botswana Defence (BDF) Force against innocent and unarmed Namibians.”