Connect with us
Advertisement

BDP deployments rile opposition

Former Ngwaketse West Member of Parliament, Mephato Reatile


Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has successfully deployed its cadres across the country through the nomination of councillors’ dispensation. The Minister of Local Government and Rural development, Slumber Tsogwane increased the number of nominated councillors to 119 this term.


A number of ruling party members who lost in the just ended general elections and in the 2013 party primary elections have been given a new lease of life but with a strong mandate this time. It is understood that the deployed nominated councillors should work on ensuring that the party regains its presence in areas where it lost ground.


Indications are that some of the nominated councillors did not even apply to the District Commissioner’s office. They were handpicked and re-deployed countrywide.


This week Tsogwane presented amendments to Statutory Instruments provisions that will allow him to increase representation of nominated councillors. This move will see an increase in number of nominated councillors in Sowa Town Council, Ghanzi District Council, Francistown Town Council and Gaborone City Council.


Leader of the Opposition (LOO) Duma Boko scorned the system in his response to President Ian Khama’s State of the Nation Address saying once again the dispensation is used to award proven failures and rejects of the electoral process. “It (BDP) has used this dispensation to dilute and undermine the outcome of the recent elections,” he said, ‘I must record the indignant rage felt by us in the opposition and indeed the scornful resentment all reasonable citizens feel at this disgraceful conduct.”


This publication has it on good authority that the appointments are a pre-thought ‘political deployment’ that will help ensure that the ruling BDP increases its presence in certain constituencies to enhance its chances in the next general elections.


Mephato Reatile, Oliphant Mfa, Sylviah Muzila, Kagiso Ntime, Reaboka Mbulawa, Mpho Moruakgomo, Alec Seametso, Andy Boatile, Peter Ngoma and MacDonald Peloetletse appear to be some of the nominees in Tsogwane’s list.  


Mephato Reatile recently lost Jwaneng-Mabutsane to Shawn Nthaile of Umbrella for Democratic (UDC) a constituency which BDP could win back in the next general elections.


Mfa, the former Assistant Minister of Local Government will be deployed to Sowa Township Council. Mfa lost his parliamentary seat in 2009, after losing the 2008 BDP primary elections for Nata-Gweta to Ryner Makosha. Mfa has made several efforts to make a comeback to the legislative house but on all occasion the efforts proved to be futile.


BDP also nominated the party Youth Wing chairman, Andy Boatile to serve in the Francistown City Council. Boatile has always during his leadership come in defence of BDP and President Khama. When former presidents Quiet Masire and Festus Mogae made remarks that did not sit well with the current BDP leadership, Boatile responded with strong words, warning that the two old statesmen have no business in discussing the leadership style of the BDP under Khama, pointing out that they should just stay home and enjoy ‘pension benefits.’ It is understood that Boatile is one of the youngsters who are being groomed to challenge for parliamentary seats in the next elections.


Former BNF Youth League President, Kagiso Ntime also got the nod. The controversial young politician joined BDP in 2012 and has proved to be a trusted figure within the BDP. With the opposition having done well in attracting young voters in the past elections, the likes of Ntime and Boatile are being given the opportunity to emerge as the next generation of young BDP leaders.


BDP has also given Sylviah Muzila a lifeline. Muzila was defeated by Wynter Mmolotsi of UDC in the past general elections. BDP Campaign Manager in past general elections has also been nominated. The notorious man has also previously served as a nominated councillor.


Reaboka Mbulawa who mounted one of the most expensive campaigns in the last general elections has also been nominated. Mbulawa contested and lost against Batawana royal, Kgosi Tawana Moremi II who was representing the UDC.  Although BDP lost the constituency, they believe they still have the strength to retain it in the coming general elections. This is attested by the fact that, even though UDC won the constituency, the BDP won all council seats in the constituency except one.


MFA, REATILE HIT BACK AT CRITICS
Asked to comment on the criticism that he is being rescued from near poverty after many years of failed comeback, former cabinet minister, Olifant Mfa hit back at his critics. He said people should know that he is a farmer of repute, “I sell just one of the cows to make a councillor’s monthly salary.

Mine is to serve the nation of Botswana. Those who are willing to appreciate reality will know that I am the founding councillor of Sowa Township and I am definitely going to make a positive input in the development agenda of that area,” he said. Mfa said he has accepted national service as directed by the party which he has served for many years. “I will continue to stand for elections as long as I am fit to render my services to Batswana and the BDP,” stressed the former Nata/Gweta MP.


Reports suggest that Mfa, who has Member of Parliament for 15 years did not apply to be nominated, but his loyalty to the party encouraged BDP leaders to deploy him to Sowa Township.


For his part, former Ngwaketse West Member of Parliament, Mephato Reatile indicated that opposition parties had also submitted their wish lists to be nominated, “I did not see or hear of a single name of BDP members in the opposition wish list, why should the BDP nominate them,” he asked. He said like any sane political party, the BDP has re-deployed its cadres for political purpose. “It is not about the money, we all the salaries at that level,” he pointed out.  
 

Continue Reading

News

Over 2 000 civil servants interdicted

6th December 2022

Over 2,000 civil servants in the public sector have been interdicted for a variety of reasons, the majority of which are criminal in nature.

According to reports, some officers have been under interdiction for more than two years because such matters are still being investigated. Information reaching WeekendPost shows that local government, particularly councils, has the highest number of suspended officers.

In its annual report, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) revealed that councils lead in corrupt activities throughout the country, and dozens of council employees are being investigated for alleged corrupt activities. It is also reported that disciplined forces, including the Botswana Defence Force (BDF), police, and prisons, and the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) have suspended a significant number of officers.

The Ministry of Education and Skills Development has also recorded a good number of teachers who have implicated in love relationships with students, while some are accused of impregnating students both in primary and secondary school. Regional education officers have been tasked to investigate such matters and are believed to be far from completion as some students are dragging their feet in assisting the investigations to be completed.

This year, Mmadinare Senior Secondary reportedly had the highest number of pregnancies, especially among form five students who were later forcibly expelled from school. Responding to this publication’s queries, Permanent Secretary to the Office of the President Emma Peloetletse said, “as you might be aware, I am currently addressing public servants across the length and breadth of our beautiful republic. Due to your detailed enquiry, I am not able to respond within your schedule,” she said.

She said some of the issues raised need verification of facts, some are still under investigation while some are still before the courts of law.

Meanwhile, it is close to six months since the Police Commissioner Keabetwe Makgophe, Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katlholo and the Deputy Director of the DIS Tefo Kgothane were suspended from their official duties on various charges.

Efforts to solicit comment from trade unions were futile at the time of going to press.

Some suspended officers who opted for anonymity claimed that they have close to two years while on suspension. One stated that the investigations that led him to be suspended have not been completed.

“It is heartbreaking that at this time the investigations have not been completed,” he told WeekendPost, adding that “when a person is suspended, they get their salary fully without fail until the matter is resolved”.

Makgophe, Katlholo and Kgothane are the three most high-ranking government officials that are under interdiction.

Continue Reading

News

Masisi to dump Tsogwane?

28th November 2022

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.

This content is locked

Login To Unlock The Content!

Continue Reading

News

African DFIs gear to combat climate change

25th November 2022

The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.

Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa

A report; “Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19” presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFI’s have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and it’s financing.

COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; “Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. “It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.”

According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.

“There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFI’s.”

Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; “What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects. ”

Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.

Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.

“Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money.” He said.

For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.

“The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies.” Said Gare.

Continue Reading