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BDP kills Motswaledi motion

The late Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) leader, Gomolemo Motswaledi

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) caucus led By President Lt Gen lan Khama secretely decided against a motion of their own Member of Parliament, Biggie Butale to name a major government facility in honour of the late Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) leader Gomolemo Motswaledi.

The party caucus debated the motion for three hours with varying views on it from diffrent members.A cabinet member told this publication that most of the members were in support of the motion but the party leadership decided that the move will be politically suicidal.Khama was instrumetal in making sure that the motion was withdrawn and the party was left with no other choice but to follow his instruction.

The party took a resolution to shoot down the motion on the basis that it will give credence to the flourishing Umbrella For Democratic Change (UDC) and hurt the ailing BDP. In parliment yesterday (Friday) after been given the oppotunity to table his motion the mover of the Motion, Butale rose up to and said “Madam Speaker it is with deep sorow and regret that i have to withdraw the motion.” He declined to field further questions from WeekendPost.

The BDP leadership including President Lt Gen Ian Khama and Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi had tried to advise Butale against the motion. However, he chose to proceed with it.

The BDP discussed the issue to avoid confusion in parliament as some members did not know whether to go with or against the motion.This was evident in the genesis part of the debates as Cabinet ministers started filing out of parliament buildings as soon as Butale presented the controversial motion.

Before debate was to begin, confusion reigned over whether the motion should be directed at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration or the Transport and Communications one. This was after Minister of Lands and Housing Prince Maele interrupted the presentation seeking clarification about which ministry will be responsible for responding to the motion.

The motion was however deferred when National Assembly deputy speaker Kagiso Molatlhegi ruled that the motion could not be relevant as ministers were absent from Parliament.

Butale as sources said was also warned to watch his steps and avoid appearing to be speaking from the opposition corner.Butale, a pastor however is said to have said that his motion was clean and in good faith.

“The BDP Caucus is of the view that the UDC cannot and should not be allowed any space to breath following their humiliation of the BDP in the just-ended elections.They posit that aceeding to Butale ‘s motion will promote the UDC and may appear to be a victory in parliament for the arrogant UDC,” a member who attended the caucus shared.

The party’s worry was that the BDP is already losing support as evidenced by its razor thin margin of 46.7 %  and is not in  a position to take any further risks of legitimising or promoting the pompous opposition. The party that has ruled this country since independence, the BDP member said is wary of its declining popularity and will be hatching a comeback strategy for the future.

The party’s fortunes have been waning election after election since managing 80 percent of the votes in 1965. Things worsened from 1999 to 2009. In 1999 the party managed 57.15 and in 2004 it amassed 51.73 while in 2009 it could only manage 53 percent before 46.7 percent in highly contested last year’s elections.

Motswaledi was a committed member of the BDP since childhood up until his fallout with the BDP president, Lt Gen Ian Khama in 2010.The fall-out led to his dismissal from the party prompting him, along with his sympathisers to form a BDP splinter party, the BMD. He died last year in a controversial car accident. Butale is of the view that Motswaledi needs to be honoured for the indelible mark he has left in this country for his immense contribution in the field of politics and music.

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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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