“Early this year after the elections in South Africa, I shared my views on EFF which at the time seemed to be everyone's darling. Like most commentators, I was impressed by their performance but was however doubtful about their future, a comment that led to some accusing me of disrespecting the youth.
The EFF has been ordered out of Parliament a few times, in my view, sometimes unfairly. However, I was shocked by what Shivambu did on 17 September when the EFF chose to march out of Parliament. As he walked out, he "showed the middle finger" to Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa. Simply put, this is a way of saying "F**K OFF" or you are an "A*S HOLE". I was totally shocked as I had considered Floyd one of the cool heads in the EFF.
He has served as the spokesperson of the ANC youth league, policy coordinator of the Chris Hani Institute and researcher and policy coordinator of the SACP. He holds an MA in political studies and is therefore not a political novice, hence my disappointment. At the time I said, I have been vindicated.
I have just read a news article that Floyd has since apologised for his actions unconditionally. The apology has been passed to the relevant committee of Parliament and I hope it will be accepted. Hopefully the youth who see the EFF as a model party have learnt something from the apology. There is nothing wrong in holding divergent political views, this has to be done in a respectful manner.
Those who get shocked when they see pictures of me sitting next to the likes of Kwelagobe in court smiling need not interpret this as selling out. Politics should never be interpreted through hate and insulting language.
Likewise, I will always respect Boko as leader of the UDC and a human being. I don’t hate him but just have different views on how our country needs to develop. I hope that our supporters will also learn to differ in a civil manner…”
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.
In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.
While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.
Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.
Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.