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Boko to contest 2024 elections as presidential candidate only

UDC: leader Duma Boko

 Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) leader Duma Boko is reportedly toying with the idea of contesting only as presidential candidate and not for parliamentary seat during the 2024 general elections.

Very close Boko acolytes said that Boko, the former Gaborone Bonnington North Member of Parliament wants to concentrate on all the 57 constituencies, to campaign for all the candidates. “He wants to traverse the width and breadth of the country campaigning for the candidates,” they said. They also reasoned that the ambitious Boko wants to do everything to ensure opposition takes power and lead the country.

“He will not be having the constituency to focus on and I think it is a good strategy. He needs to take President Mokgweetsi Masisi head on,” one close Boko associate said. They said contrary to media reports Boko who is also the leader of Botswana National Front is also not relocating to any Mahalapye constituency. Reached for comment Boko did not respond to questions but UDC Head of Communications Moeti Mohwasa said the question of whether Boko will contest at parliamentary level or not has not been decided.

“Where we are right now as a party, both at BNF and UDC our focus is on building solid structures and ensuring the opposition comes together to unseat the BDP. So the question of whether comrade Boko will contest at parliamentary level of not has not been decided. As much as he can make choices personally, his position and standing in the party will require extensive consultation before that is concluded. As a disciplined cadre of the movement he will have to submit himself to the strategic decisions of the movement. It is not really a matter of personal choice,” Mohwasa said.

Mohwasa added that the UDC and its affiliates are ready and have been to take over power from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). The spokesperson said they have the brain power and are endowed with ideas in terms of taking this country forward. “Look at our 2019 general elections manifesto; a clear and well thought-out set of solutions to our problems as a nation. Also note that it is the UDC affiliates which have influenced the introduction of some key government policies and schemes. The only problem is that the BDP has failed to implement these ideas as we had envisaged.”

For example he mentioned full payment while on maternity leave, free education though the State has since partially rolled this back, introduction of the Independent Electoral Commission though it is not as independent as we would have wanted it to be, formation of the Botswana Defence Force, old age pension scheme, reduction of voting age from 21 to 18. “A number of senior members of the current Cabinet are former opposition members who occupied not so senior positions in our parties. Obviously if their mentors and former leaders were to take control, they would do much better. In short we are more than ready and capable of leading this country. By the way if it was not for rigging we would be in power. The major challenge is electoral fraud and rigging.”

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Why Katholo engaged private lawyers against State

16th May 2022
Katlholo

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.

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Dada to break Kwelagobe’s BDP long standing record

16th May 2022
Dada

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.

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The Gulaam Husain Abdoola – Dubai sting detailed

16th May 2022
Gulaam Husain Abdoola

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.

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