A youthful businessman is said to be busy working around the clock to replace Selebi-Phikwe West Member of Parliament (MP) Dithapelo Keorapetse during the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) primary elections next year.
Keorapetse’s challenger Ruben Kaizer is said to be covertly working to win the hearts of constituents by channeling most of his charity work in the constituency. This has apparently upset the area legislator who is also trying his best to remain in the good books of the voters. Although Kaizer did not deny or confirm if he was interested in representing the constituency as MP, he said Selebi-Phikwe is his hometown as he is from Mmadinare.
“I grew up there and to me there is no other place I can call home other than Selebi-Phikwe. As for contesting for Selebi-Phikwe West parliamentary seat, that lies on the people to entrust me with that. So if the people of Selebi-Phikwe find it fit for me to contest the 2024 elections then who am I to say no?” Kaizer said.
He said charity work is very close to his heart as he is a strong believer of giving, so the only people that come to his mind are those from Selebi-Phikwe. “I do donations just to say thank you to the community that raised me.” Talking about himself he said he strives to be the best he can. “I am a man who has the best interests at heart for my neighbours. I am a strong believer that the world needs more people who place humanity and selflessness before anything else.”
He has been a card carrying member of the BCP since 2017, before that, he was following politics as an opposition sympathiser. “Those close to me are aware of that so I’m not new in politics. I’ve been doing a lot for Botswana politics within the BCP. There are a lot other roles one can play without being in the vicinity for people to recognise one’s input.”
Talking of what attracted him to politics he said he believes one cannot separate politics and being alive in this world so politics was born in him adding that “we are inseparable, it is a match made from above”. Kaizer explained that he has an urge to serve the people. “If I take you back to my track record, I served this nation as a Botswana Defence Force soldier for over two and half years so working for the people has always been close to my heart.”
He explained that political activism is what he has been preferring, until the people see it fit for him to lead then he will always remain an activist. Apart from politics he is a businessman, a father, a brother, a friend and most importantly, a son of the living God, he concluded.
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.