BLESSINGS FROM FORMER VICE PRESIDENT: Botsalo Ntuane expects many Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) members to approve his run for the position of secretary general. He met President Lt Gen Ian Khama on Wednesday to inform him about his interest.
President Lt Gen Ian Khama has given Botsalo Ntuane the green light to contest for the position of secretary general of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) at the July congress. Sources say the two met on Wednesday this week in a meeting that took about 45 minutes.
Ntuane had appointed with the President to inform him of his interest in the position of secretary general out of courtesy and respect as leader of the BDP. The former Gaborone South Member of Parliament has been reluctant in the past to confirm his availability for the position because he wanted to meet with President Khama before declaring interest.
Contacted for comment, Ntuane said: “Yes I have indeed informed His Excellency the President about my decision to offer myself for the position of Secretary General of the BDP. I felt he should be the first individual in the party to know about my decision as the party leader. The President has expressed no objection to my decision and further to that I have informed all candidates who have declared interest in the position of chairman that should I be elected secretary general in July, I am ready and willing to work with anyone of them. I believe they are all capable and committed democrats who can make a positive difference to the future of our party. I will state the same to anyone else who declares for chairmanship before July.”
Weekend Post has gathered that three people who have declared interest for the position of chairmanship, namely Tebelelo Seretse; Dikgakgamatso Seretse; and Biggie Butale have all approached lobbying him Ntuane to avail himself as secretary general of the BDP.
Ntuane is also being lobbied by Members of Parliament, Councillors, other party leaders, and other ordinary members of the party who have faith in his skills. Indications are that he had informed those whom lobbied him that he will make a determination before the BDP National Council scheduled for next weekend. About nine regions out of twelve have already approached Ntuane to ask him to stand for the position of secretary general.
What further enhances Ntuane’s chances is the fact that the current secretary general, Mpho Balopi, is not seeking re-election. Many pundits are of the view that the former Member of Parliament may sail through unopposed. While he comes along under the narrative that the political landscape has drastically changed, Ntuane is said to have offered cordial relationship with the party leadership should he be elected. It is well documented that Khama and Ntuane have had their differences as far as politics is concerned, but it appears they are ready to share notes going forward.
Those close to him say that he is done with adversarial politics within the party and he will be willing to give and take should he be allowed by party members to become secretary general. From their 45 minute meeting it is evident that Ntuane and Khama are prepared to work together to revive the BDP fortunes.
The 2014 general election performance is currently informing the way party members are approaching debates and decisions within the party. Most BDP members are said to be aware of the internal and external threats to the party and they want the best possible team to address those. Ntuane has all along called for reforms within the party that will influence the party profile.
The journey to the BDP congress has just begun and it is likely that more candidates could spring up along the way. Though Tshekedi Khama has not publicly declared his candidature for chairman, there is lobbying going on around the country.
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.