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UDC, BOFEPUSO marriage was temporary – Rari

BOFEPUSO secretary general, Tobokani Rari

Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSO) secretary general, Tobokani Rari last week declared that the Federation had no affiliation to the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). He explained that their relationship was temporary based on the election agenda of 2014 general elections.


Rari clarified that BOFEPUSO had no intentions of affiliating with the opposition party. He explained in detail that partisan politics have no place in the Federation. “I understand that many people out there have misconceptions about our relations with UDC and today I want to make it known that prior to the general elections, we advised our members to vote UDC on the grounds that the labour policies they proposed in their manifesto resonated well with ours,” explained Rari.


He stated that as a union they have been proponents of unity amongst opposition parties as they believed that that was the only way the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) could be dethroned.


According to Rari the Federation has had tumultuous relations with the BDP led government over labour issues and they were banking on a united opposition to attain state power. “The electoral success of UDC, though having failed to win a considerable number of seats in parliament in order to govern this country must be accredited to the input of our Federation but I must also reiterate that as a union we are monitoring the performance of UDC in parliament especially regarding labour related issues to establish if at all they are genuinely with us in the struggle,” he revealed.


He went on to reveal that if the BDP could normalize and harmonize its relations with the unions and come up with sound labour policies that sympathized with the plight of government employees they would vote for them to retain power in 2019.
UDC president Duma Boko conceded that many had delusions regarding the party and the Federations’ relations. “Yes it was a temporary arrangement at the elections because as you may know we have been with the union in their struggle as far as 2011 during their massive nation-wide strike and we have maintained our loyalty and unwavering support to them,” Boko said.


He further added that there was no memorandum of understanding signed between the two. He went on to however assure the unions his unwavering support, promising his party would not disappoint in parliament. “We will continue to wrestle the enemy of the unions, the BDP led government by all means such that by the end of the 11th parliament their grievances would be history and do not forget that by 2019 we will need their numbers to hammer the last nail in the BDP coffin,” concluded the leader of opposition.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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