Former Cabinet Minister Dorcas Makgato is reported to have applied for a lengthy eight months leave to come back home. Insiders say the leave may partly be aimed at working the Sefhare-Ramokgonami constituency to assess the viability of contesting both 2023 BDP primaries and the subsequent general elections in 2024 in the area.
Makgato is currently Botswana’s High Commissioner to the Commonwealth of Australia, a position she was bestowed with after losing elections to Dr. Kesitegile Gobotswang in 2019. It is said, the maverick Makgato strongly believes after going back to the drawing board and assessing how she lost the constituency she first won in 2009, she can crawl back to the August House.
In fact, informants highly maintain that, Makgato, was not a big fan of the diplomatic post but rather wanted a political position. “Her appointment to Australia was more like a way of killing her political ambitions and she believes she still has a future in Botswana politics,” says one source who is close to the former minister. Her appointment by President Mokgweetsi Masisi to a diplomatic post, according to some was likely push her out of politics. It is said, Makgato has political ambitions and some see her as a future President of this country.
It is said, since going to Australia, her mind has always been in the constituency and applied for leave late last year and it was approved by the powers that be. In the meantime the office will be manned by her juniors until such a time when she returns. What motivates her the most according to informants, is the possibility of the incumbent MP of the area, Gobotswang not contesting. The BDP is expected to hold primary elections next year, and Makgato is one of the powerful members of the party who has the character and quality to bounce back. At one point she was Chairperson of the BDP Women’s League.
Makgato has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Export and Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA) between 2007 and 2009 where she identified barriers to investment and lobbied the Botswana Government to make changes for an improved investment climate, involving greater engagement and interaction with critical stakeholders and the private sector. She used her role as the authority’s CEO to overhaul the organization’s working structures and improve its practices which led the company to become one of Africa’s most admired investment promotion authorities.
Before joining BEDIA Makgato worked for Barloworld Limited as Director – Corporate Services between 2001and 2007 and she was also the Executive Director of the Nashua Franchise and was responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the company. Lastly, before joining Barloworld she was Head of the Commercial and Human Resource Divisions of Air Botswana.
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.