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BCP gangs with Youth League against BNF

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A simmering tension between Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Botswana National Front (BNF) might just explode again, but this time at a critical moment of the must win Bophirima ward by-elections.

The two parties have more than once rumbled both in the boardrooms and in the eyes of the public. It has been a while, they are without scuffles. However the Ledumadumane East by elections hinted the tension in which both parties wanted their candidate to contest, a compromise was finally reached for the BNF candidate, Simon Moipolai who subsequently won the ward.

In Bophirima ward, which is part of Gaborone Bonnington South constituency the two parties are at each other’s throats again. The BCP through their Youth League insists that their candidate Peter Mogapi is the rightful candidate not Mankie Sekete. Records however show that in 2019, Sekete contested the ward albeit unsuccessful.

A statement by the BCP Youth League says; “Cde Peter Mogapi of the BCP of the UDC is a deserving candidate of Bophirima. There is a man who was robbed of the opportunity to contest general elections in 2019 but maturely respected the party’s decision when throwing tantrums, resigning and even contesting as an independent was the easier route. It was explicitly stated in the letter robbing him of the opportunity to contest that the ward remains a BCP ward. So what has suddenly changed? The BCP leadership should not even be entertaining dialogues on this issue. There is simply nothing to discuss.”

The statement by the BCP YL President Tlhabologo Furniture says during the recent Ledumadumane East bye-election, a precedent was set by those who call themselves the ‘natural leaders’ of the UDC when they cogently used the 2019 agreement to contest successfully for the ward.
“It is outright disrespectful and vexing for the BNF to even dream of contesting Bophirima. Is the ‘natural leader’ such unprincipled? What a shame!!! They can’t have their cake and eat it. The BCPYL has noticed with disgust an emerging paradigm whereby BCP is being systematically elbowed out of contesting any bye-election except where the party was incumbent.”

The BCP YL says it seems bye-elections are the tools to be used reverse the 2019 BCP gains and all but uproot it in the south. Metsimotlhabe, Lentsweletau and now Bophirima being obvious examples. The draconian MOU seems to have been an agreement to frustrate the BCP. AP is hitherto not a member of the UDC, we have already lost 2 winnable wards to them and will be damned if we lose the 3rd. What if they don’t end up joining the UDC as some rumours purport, argues the YL.

The mother body through their spokesperson Dr. Mpho Pheko in short told this publication that they share the same sentiments with the Youth League. UDC mouthpiece Moeti Mohwasa was yet to reveal as to how they reached the agreement and whether they are aware of the BCP qualms.

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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
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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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