After a potentially splitting decision by Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF)’s Secretary General, Tshekedi Khama’s delays to implement the National Executive Committee (NEC)’s February 7th resolution to co-opt former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) chairman, Samson Moyo Guma and Minister, Moiseraele Goya into the NEC, the duo have revealed that they have since received the letters and are now full members if the NEC.
Goya in an interview with this publication confirmed that they have since received letters from the party SG, “yes sir we have received the letters informing us that we have been co-opted into the NEC and we have so far attended two meetings,” he said.
There were concerns in the party that Tshekedi Khama was undermining the NEC’s position as his delay was interpreted by some as an acceleration of his NEC meeting comments opposing the idea and instead proposing that the co-opted members be women to tick the gender balance boxes. Another reasons advanced by Tshekedi was that if the party nominates Moyo and Goya, the scales of power could be interpreted by some as leaning towards the North.
Both Moyo and Tshekedi are BPF presidential hopefuls, and the NEC is divided between the two authorities who insiders say could divide the party directly into what used to be the ‘A-Team’ and ‘Barata Phathi at the ruling Botswana Democratic Party.
“There are those who think they are close to power and those who claim to love the party. These two centres of power are always suspicious of each other. This is worsened by the fact that both Guma and Tshekedi are questionable political characters” said one NEC member.
He said although there are often tensions within the NEC meetings since the arrival of Tshekedi and Goya, the duo have brought sanity, stability and a sense of direction into the meetings and party. Guma is not only thorough personality, he is also reasonable. Our NEC needed someone who could stand up and speak the uncomfortable truths which many feared they could be dismissed for,” added our source said our source who added that as for Goya, he brings balance as a level headed person, and his inclusion and experience will help to calm the waters in times of need.
Both Tshekedi and Moyo are repotedly sceptical about each other’s intentions and insiders say the BPF congress elections outcome may be the deal breaker. The duo are said to be hard at work campaigning for the leadership position of the party at a congress billed for July.
It is not yet known on what Moyo’s arrival means for the opposition unity or the Umbrella for Democratic Change which is currently in talks with other opposition parties including the BPF. With the Botswana Congress Party at sixes and sevens, and the BPF singing from the UDC’s hymn book, observers say the BPF stands a good chance of replacing the BCP at the top table should the latter decided to close the troubled chapter.
Yet, like with many, the BNF is said to be unsettled with the leadership of the maverick Moyo who is never afraid to call a spade a spade and never shy to bolt out if he feels undermined or at the opening of another opportunity.
“Moyo is a man of many contradictions. He is also very ambitious. He may turn out to be the one calling for the UDC congress tomorrow seeing that he stands an opportunity should he win the BPF presidency. Like with many others in the coalition, the BPF is also suspicious of other partners’ intentions and would also want a seat at the top if an opportunity arises. Who wouldn’t want that,” said another source in the BPF leadership.
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.