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, Morupisi’s 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 Masisi’s 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 Morupisi’s wife, just this week officially joining Masisi’s rival party Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) which Khama is a patron of.
Speaking to Weekend Post this week, Morupisi confirmed his wife’s 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 doesn’t 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 it’s nothing strange or unusual,” Morupisi pointed out.
He revealed that if Khama was a bitter rival they wouldn’t 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 can’t change what happened or history. What you can change is the future. So, I have closed the chapter. I don’t regret what happened. I’m moving forward in my life,” he stated.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.