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Morupisi to vie for MP seat in 2024

Embattled former Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP), Carter Morupisi has confirmed that he is joining active politics and will stand for elections in 2024.

This comes after President Mokgweetsi Masisi did not renew his contract earlier this year, February. Instead, Masisi applied the powers vested in him under Section 112 of the Constitution of Botswana to swiftly appoint Elias Magosi in the position – replacing Morupisi as PSP and Secretary to cabinet.

To add salt to injury, Morupisis wife, Pinny, is also facing charges on two counts of corruption and money laundering. The pair had recently wanted High Court to rule that they have no case to answer which was dismissed with cost insisting that they indeed have a case to answer to in the matter.

At the heart of the case is a Toyota Land Cruiser costing almost half a million which the State alleges Morupisi bought from proceeds of crime. The state of affairs has led to Morupisi and Masisis relationship dwindling to unproportioned levels.

This notwithstanding that they (Masisi and Morupisi) acting jointly, both fought a bitter battle with former President Ian Khama over his legal privileges and entitlements after vacating office.

This, has seen Morupisis wife, just this week officially joining Masisis rival party Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) which Khama is a patron of.

Speaking to Weekend Post this week, Morupisi confirmed his wifes move while adding that he too will be joining active politics and in addition contest in the upcoming 2024 General Elections.

I will definitely join active politics, why not, given what is happening in the country right now? he said but declined to reveal his next political home although many observers link him to BPF.

However, while many believe Morupisi will certainly join BPF he insisted that he has not yet joined the party.

Recently the former PSP was seen with the party patron and its President, Biggie Butale, which he says was just to support wife who was being welcomed to the new party.

I have not yet joined the BPF, I only attended the ceremony in which my wife was being officially welcomed into the party. For my next political home, I will let you know at the right time, Morupisi told this publication.

The wife, a Councillor for Malaka-Lecheng ward in the Lerala-Maunatlala Constituency, was dumping the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) for BPF.

Morupisi smokes peace pipe with Khama

The former PSP, who was appointed by Khama during his tenure and, continued under Masisi presidency says he never really fell out with Khama as people want to believe.

Instead he pointed out that he was only doing his job and while doing it, he differed with Khama on principle.

When you differ on a view with someone, in this instance Khama, it doesnt mean you cannot talk or that you cannot walk together anymore. I have worked with Khama for a long time, and we have differed on many occasions and many issues. So its nothing strange or unusual, Morupisi pointed out.

He revealed that if Khama was a bitter rival they wouldnt even have had lunch together as they had in many cases. If we are indeed bitter rivals, then we could have not had lunch together at my place. So what people are thinking is quite misplaced. All these are perceptions, he insisted while defending his rekindled relationship with Khama.

Former PSP explains fall out with Masisi

Morupisi states that the relationship with the president is fine, as has always been, and therefore it is not sour per se.

The past is the past, you cant change what happened or history. What you can change is the future. So, I have closed the chapter. I dont regret what happened. Im moving forward in my life, he stated.

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Fighting vulture poisoning in KAZA region.

3rd February 2023
As a response to avert vulture poisoning currently going on in Botswana and KAZA region, Birdlife Botswana has collaborated with three other partners (BirdWatch Zambia, BirdLife International & Birdlife Zimbabwe) to tackle wildlife poisoning which by extension negatively affect vulture populations.

The Director of Birdlife Botswana, Motshereganyi Virat Kootshositse has revealed in an interview that the project which is funded by European Union’s main goal is to reduce poisoning related vultures’ death and consequently other wildlife species death within the KAZA region.

He highlighted that Chobe district in Botswana has been selected as a pilot site as it has experienced rampant incidents of vulture poisoning for the past few months. In August this year at least 50 endangered white backed vultures were reported dead at Chobe National Park, Botswana after feeding on a buffalo carcass laced with poison.  In November this year again 43 white backed vultures were found dead and two alive after feeding on a zebra suspected to have poisoned.  Other selected pilots’ sites are Kafue in Zambia and Hwange in Zimbabwe.

Kootshositse further explained they have established a national and regional Wildlife Poisoning Committee. He added that as for the national committee they have engaged various departments such as Crop Productions, Agro Chemicals, Department of Veterinary Services, Department of Wildlife and National Parks and other NGOs such as Raptors Botswana to come together and find a long-lasting solution to address wildlife poisoning in Botswana. ‘Let’s have a strategy or a plan together to tackle wildlife poisoning,’ he stated

He also decried that there is gap in the availability of data about vulture poisoning or wildlife in general. ‘If we have a central point for data, it will help in terms of reporting and advocacy’, he stated

He added that the regional committee comprises of law enforcement officers such as BDF and Botswana police, village leadership such as Village Development Committee and Kgosi. ‘We need to join hand together and protect the wildlife we have as this will increase our profile for conservation and this alone enhances our visitation and boost our local economy,’ he noted

Kootshositse noted that Birdlife together with DWNP also addressed series of meeting in some villages in the Chobe region recently. The purpose of kgotla meetings was to raise awareness on the conservation and protection of vultures in Chobe West communities.

‘After realizing that vulture poisoning in the Chobe areas become frequent, we realise that we need to do something about it.  ‘We did a public awareness by addressing several kgotla meetings in some villages in the Chobe west,’ he stated

He noted that next year they are going to have another round of consultations around the Chobe areas and the approach is to engage the community into planning process. ‘Residents should be part of the plan of actions and we are working with farmers committee in the areas to address vulture poisoning in the area, ‘he added

He added that they have found out that some common reasons for poisoning wildlife are farmers targeting predators such as lions in retaliation to killing of their livestock. Another common incident cross border poaching in the Chobe area as poachers will kills an elephant and poison its carcass targeting vultures because of their aerial circling alerting authorities about poaching activities.

Kootshositse noted that in the last cases it was disheartening the incidents occurred three months apart. He added that for the first time they found that some of the body parts of some vultures were missing. He added harvesting of body parts of vultures is not a common practice in Botswana, although it is used in some parts of Africa. ‘We suspect that someone took advantage of the availability of carcasses and started harvesting their body parts,’

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Giant in the making: Everton Mlalazi

3rd February 2023

The music industry is at a point where artists are jostling for space because there are so many aspirants trying to get their big break, thus creating stiff competition.

In the music business it’s about talent and positioning. You need to be at the right place at the right time with the right people around you to propel you forward.
Against all odds, Everton Mlalazi has managed to takeover the gospel scene effortlessly.
To him, it’s more than just a breakthrough to stardom, but a passion as well as mission directly appointed by the Lord.

Within a short space of 2 years after having decided to persue a solo career, Mlalazi has already made it into international music scene, with his music receiving considerable play on several gospel television and radio stations in Botswana including other regional stations like Trace Africa, One Gospel, Metro FM in South Africa, Hope FM in Kenya and literally all broadcast stations in Zimbabwe.

It doesn’t only stop there, as the musician has already been nominated 2 times and 2 awards which are Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) best Male artists 2022, StarFM listerners Choice Award, Best Newcomer 2021 and ZIMA Best Contemporary Gospel 2022, MLA awards Best Male artist & Best Gospel Artist 2022.

Everton’s inspiration stems from his ultimate passion and desire to lead people into Godly ways and it seems it’s only getting started.
The man is a gospel artist to put on your radar.

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African countries call on WHO to increase funding

2nd February 2023

Minister of Health Dr Edwin Dikoloti says Africa member states call on World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure equitable resource allocation for 2024-2025. Dr Dikoloti was speaking this week at the WHO Executive Board Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

He said countries agreed that there is need to address the budget and funding imbalances by increasing the programme budget share of countries and regions to 75% for the next year.

“The proposed budget for 2024-2025 marks an important milestone as it is the first in Programme Budget in which country offices will be allocated more than half of the total budget for the biennium. We highly welcome this approach which will enable the organization to deliver on its mandate while fulfilling the expectations for transparency, efficiency and accountability.”

The Botswana Health Minister commended member states on the extension of the General Programme of Work (GPD 13) and the Secretariat work to monitor the progress towards the triple billion targets, and the health-related SDGs.

“We welcome the Director’s general proposed five priorities which have crystalized into the “five Ps” that are aligned with the GPW 13 extension. Impact can only be achieved through close coordination with, and support to national health authorities. As such, the strengthening of country offices is instrumental, with particular focus on strengthening national health systems and on promoting more equitable access to health services.”

According to Dr Dikoloti, the majority of countries with UHC index that is below the global median are in the WHO Africa region. “For that, we call on the WHO to enhance capacity at the regional and national levels in order to accelerate progress. Currently, the regional office needs both technical and financial support in order to effectively address and support country needs.”

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