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BDP 2019 funding secrets

The Botswana Democratic Party leadership, led by party treasurer and business mogul Satar Dada and the Secretary General, Mpho Balopi met with Chairman of Khato Civils, Simbi Phiri in South Africa on the eve of the 2019 general elections to discuss funding issues, party treasurer Dada has confirmed to this publication.

When this publication put it to him that he and Balopi met Phiri at his residence in South Africa on the eve of the 2019 general elections, Dada said: yes we did, as we always do with other people. When it was put to him that the meeting was about funding the BDP, Dada said: the BDP like all other likeminded organisations is always looking for potential funders and is free to interact with anybody who may be a potential funder.

However the conversation broke down when Dada was asked to confirm or deny that they left the meeting successful after their bid was accepted by Phiri. Those are confidential details. Are you seriously expecting me to share those details with you; you must have your head checked by a psychiatrist. What kind of a question is that, fumed Dada who then took control of the interview before collapsing it.

Dadas secretary general, Balopis phone ran unanswered for the most part of the day when this publication made an attempt to comment on the story. Asked to confirm the above details, Phiri did not respond to this publications request. Both Phiri and the BDP have been under fire from the opposition who have been accusing them of being partners in crime. In their contentious press statement, the opposition bloc-the Umbrella For Democratic Change-UDC-described Khato Civils as a major beneficiary of irregularity-a statement that Khato Civils have taken UDC to court over saying the statement was understood by reasonably thinking people to mean that Khato Civils was a corrupt company that thrives in irregularly and corruptly awarded tenders.

Another statement of dispute made by the UDC was that Phiri was sent by his BDP handlers to utter such words of attack to the UDC- a statement which Phiri and Khato say was understood to mean that Phiri was not a genuine businessman, but someone under instruction from the ruling party to oppose, attack and destroy the credibility of the political opposition. Khato Civils and Phiri are currently suing UDC for a cumulative amount of P5 million- a case which the UDC has vowed to defend to the bitter end.

The 1st Plaintiff (Khato Civils) has thus been defamed by the defendant (UDC) in its good name and reputation.. and as a result of the defamation suffered damages in the sum of P2 500 0000.00 (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Pula). The 2nd Plaintiff (Simbi Phiri) has thus been defamed by the defendant (UDC) in its good name and reputation.. and as a result of the defamation suffered damages in the sum of P2 500 0000.00 (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Pula), reads Khato Civils court papers.

Highly placed sources say a lot of secrets may continue to tumble out as the BDP descend in to chaos and disunity as the fight for power intensifies and divides party leadership. This is what you expect to happen when the centre cannot hold. This matter was mismanaged and it was always coming to this point, advised a highly senior BDP member.

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Botswana’s Legislative Milestone: Championing Disability Rights

27th February 2024

In a significant stride towards inclusivity, Botswana’s National Assembly has ratified the groundbreaking Persons with Disability Act. This legislation is a cornerstone in protecting the rights and promoting the economic well-being of individuals with disabilities

At the heart of this act is the creation of two pivotal bodies: the National Disability Coordinating Office and the National Disability Council. These institutions are set to revolutionize the integration of disability affairs into the national fabric, as outlined by the Minister for State President, Kabo Morwaeng. Morwaeng highlighted the alignment of this act with the global Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), underlining Botswana’s commitment to international standards in disability rights.

During his address to Parliament, Morwaeng disclosed Botswana’s inaugural CRPD report submission to the UN, underscoring the nation’s dedication to global dialogue on disability rights. Furthermore, he unveiled plans for a comprehensive assessment to understand the socio-economic realities of disabled individuals and their families. This initiative, complemented by the strengthening of existing programs, aims to empower this community, ensuring their integration and prosperity in society

Morwaeng’s call to action was clear. He urged a collective shift in developmental agendas to accommodate and prioritize disability issues, advocating for an inclusive societal framework.

An ambitious budget of P35,631,600 has been allocated to bridge gaps in Disability Economic Empowerment, alongside critical studies and the establishment of the National Emergency Operations Centre. Concluding his presentation, Morwaeng appealed to fellow governmental departments to allocate funds diligently to fulfill CRPD and Persons with Disabilities obligations, marking a new chapter in Botswana’s legislative history towards inclusive development.

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Kabo Matlho’s Majestic Reentry Descends Upon a Solo Venture

27th February 2024

Kabo Matlho, a luminary whose fame once graced the grand finale of My Star, is poised to enchant the music realm once more with an upcoming solo venture—an RnB and Hip-Hop Extended Play (EP)—heralding his grand resurgence after a hiatus that spoke volumes.

During a telephonic confab with our editors, the virtuoso, navigating the world from the confines of his wheelchair, confided that while the exact launch date of the EP remains shrouded in mystery, he is fervently working towards a mid-2024 reveal. Matlho shared the trials of his odyssey, especially the cold shoulder he received from the industry ambushes, crediting the harsh exclusion to his physical predicament.

“The scene calls me once more, for the absence has been both a sabbatical and a shadow. The road for an artist, enveloped in the embrace of wheels, is strewn with fewer welcomes and scarce stages. Yet, herein I forge my return, with the precise hour of my EP’s birth still nestled in the coming chapters, assuredly within this year’s embrace,” Matlho unveiled with a determination that shone bright.

 

Probed on his choice for a solo EP, the melody weaver expressed a desire to not only rekindle his essence but to stand solitary under the spotlight, nurturing his brand to vigor before possibly blending it with the talents of others—once his career phoenix rises anew from its ashes.

Elaborating on his Extended Play, Matlho shared visions of its essence, where the soul of RnB intertwines with the spirited rhythm of Hip-Hop, crafting an audial tapestry that not only returns to his roots but also ventures into previously uncharted territories of his musical domain. With resilience, Matlho faces the crossroads of his artistry, embracing the whisperings of Hip-Hop that tease the boundaries of his comfort, embarking on this path with a heart both apprehensive and ablaze.

 

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BODANSA strikes gold with a handsome P45K windfall from Turnstar Holdings

27th February 2024

The Botswana DanceSport Association (BODANSA) has been graced with a financial boon of P45,000 courtesy of Turnstar Holdings. This generous endowment is earmarked for the illustrious Botswana International Dance Sport Grand Prix Championships, which are scheduled to animate Gaborone from Friday to Saturday.

At a media engagement held early today, BODANSA’s Marketing Maestro, Tiro Ntwayagae, shared that Turnstar Holdings Limited has bestowed a gift of P45,000 towards the grand spectacle.

“We are thrilled to announce that this backing will enable us to orchestrate a cultural soirée at the Game City Marque locale, a night brimming with cultural fervor set for March 1, 2024, from 6pm to the stroke of midnight.

This enchanting space will also serve as the battleground for the preliminaries of traditional dance ensembles—spanning the rhythmically rich Setapa to the euphoric beats of Sebirwa, the spirited Seperu, the heavenly Hosana, and more—in a competition folded into the Traditional Dance Groups Category. The ensemble that dances into the judges’ hearts will clinch a grand prize of P10,000,” elaborated Ntwayagae.

He further illuminated that the cultural eve would not only celebrate traditional melodies but also the fresh beats of contemporary dance variants including Hip Hop, Sbujwa, Amapiano, among others, in a dazzling display of modern dance mastery.

Moreover, these championships carry the prestigious recognition by the World DanceSport Federation as a qualifying round for the Breakdance category for the Paris 2024 Olympics. “This is a monumental opportunity for athletes to leap towards their Olympic dreams during one of the penultimate qualifiers,” underscored Ntwayagae.

Looking ahead to March 2, 2024, the festivities will propel into the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Arena for the championship’s climactic showdowns encompassing Breakdance, Latin, and Ballroom Dancing.

 

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