Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) stalwart and former cabinet minister, Jacob Nkate has rejected a suggestion by North West Region to contest the 2024 general elections against the Leader of Opposition (LOO) Dumelang Saleshando in Maun West, preferring to remain in his native constituency of Ngami.
Nkate lost the 2018 primaries to the then incumbent Thato Kwerepe, who was subsequently defeated by Cater Hikuama in the general elections. Reaboka Mbulawa’s who contested in Maun West in 2019 has since crossed to the neighbouring Maun East constituency, which created a vacuum ahead of 2024 polls. Nkate was tipped as the right candidate to defeat goliath in Saleshando.
However, Nkate, desperate to make a comeback to the legislative house, is not convinced on the prospects of dislodging the Botswana Congress Party (BDP) leader. Saleshando won the area with, 9713 votes. Mbulawa (BDP) garnered, 6409 while Moalosi Sebati of AP trailed with 557. The North West Region is however in a frantic race to find suitable candidates as the party prepares for primary elections, usually held a year before general elections.
“There are some who have shown interest in the constituency. I can tell you that we have Ronald Ridge and Masoko Masoko. It is just an expression of interest for now, but I have told them that they should liaise with the branch chairperson to show their interest and the decision will be taken thereafter because the party needs someone who is hands-on,” Mbulawa told this publication.
At the time of going to press, both Ridge and Masoko were yet to respond to WeekendPost questions. Ridge, however, is not new in the area as he was its MP until 2009 when he was dethroned by Kgosi Tawana Moremi II in party primaries. He has been serving as Secretary for the retired MPs committee.
In the past, when asked by the media if he would come back to the politics, Ridge said he would only come back if the “environment is right” because a lot has changed in the political climate, and therefore he must observe the weather first. The BDP in the North West performed badly in the 2019 general elections, losing all the four constituencies (Maun East, West, Ngami and Okavango) in the area to Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).
However, according to Mbulawa, the party has resuscitated in the area, and it is ready to rumble in the upcoming election to win all the constituencies in North West. “Everything is up even a small branch meeting attracts multitudes and a small ignition of elections you will see how ready the BDP is in the region,” he said.
Mbulawa has also decided not to contest the position of Deputy Secretary General of the BDP Central Committee because he wants “to give the North West Region un-divided attention as they seek to sweep opposition.”
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.