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Madigele relocates to Gaborone Bonnington South

Former Mmathethe-Molapowabojang legislator Dr Alfred Madigele has confirmed that he has relocated his Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to Gaborone Bonnington South from his former constituency.

In a brief interview Dr Madigele said as a businessman he started a medical center a couple of years ago in Gaborone. I am currently concentrating on building it and growing it. I am also a BDP political activist. Because I am spending lots of time in Gaborone growing the business the most plausible thing was to relocate my membership, Dr Madigele said.

He did not want to comment of allegations that he is destined to challenge the incumbent Gaborone Bonnington South Member of Parliament (MP) Christian Greeff for the seat during the BDP primary elections. Talking about his political future he said he was not certain as now he is concentrating on solidifying his medical center located at Phase 4 into a force to be reckoned with.

He confirmed that he was still in the race for the BDP Secretary General position. Commenting about the company he said: Every campaign is hard and often unpredictable. But my team is busy making sure that we get necessary numbers. He will face Kanye North MP Thapelo Letsholo for the position of the Secretary General after businessman Lesang Magang pulled out of the race.

Earlier this year it was rumoured that Greeff was eyeing Sefhare-Ramokgonami constituency in 2024. In October 2019 general elections Greeff won Gaborone Bonnington South beating the incumbent Ndada Gaolathe and trade unionist Ketlhalefile Motshegwa. Greeff attained 4,603 votes against Gaolathes 3,461 while Motshegwa got 2,367 votes. It is claimed that he knows he does not stand a chance in Gaborone Bonnington South come 2024 general elections hence he want to try his luck elsewhere.

Greeff hails from Mokobeng which is Sefhare-Ramokgonami formerly Tswapong South constituency and it is alleged that he has a group of people in the area campaigning for him. In his attempt to connect himself with Tswapong area he has recently picked up issues in Parliament from both Tswapong North and South. This may also suggest that he is torn between contesting Tswapong South and Tswapong North, a source close to the Member of Parliament said.

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Malawi appeals for help over Cyclone Freddy at PAP

17th March 2023

As of yesterday evening, the death toll from the Cyclone in Malawi had risen from the initially reported 190 to 225 in a short period of time, over 20 000 people have been displaced, and the worst of fears are yet to come as the fatalities continue to mount. This was reported by a Malawi Member of Parliament attending the Pan African Parliament session in Midrand, South Africa, Hon Steven Mikiya.

Mikiya was giving a statement on behalf of Malawi as the ongoing Pan African Parliament in South Africa.

Mikiya said the Cyclone has wreaked the most havoc in our country’s Southern Region. “The Southern Region, has been hardest hit with widespread heavy rains and strong winds. This caused a rapid rise in water levels and subsequent flooding. Meanwhile, power supply has been disrupted, roads blocked off and rendered impassable and mudslides have also been widely reported,” he said.

He made a special appeal to the PAP:  “Where I come from, there is a parable which I would like to share with you which says, “mzako weniweni umamudziwa panthawi ya mavuto.” Simply put, a friend in need is a friend indeed or put loosely, a person who helps at a difficult time is a friend you can rely on.”

Mikiya continued: “Yes! Misfortune has knocked on our door and left in its wake a trail of death and destruction that may take years to fully recover from. However, amidst these difficulties, I have every reason to believe that sometimes when you are in a dark place and think you have been buried, you have actually been planted. My belief, Mr. President, arises out of my faith in this gathering and out of the conviction that it is not coincidental that Cyclone Freddy hit Malawi and Mozambique while the delegations of both countries are here.”

According to Mikiya, the level of destruction, the loss of life, property and the decimation of the entire fabric of established communities has been unprecedented. He noted that all this, is coming at a time when Malawi was starting to show signs of recovery from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that also came hard on the heels of Cyclone Ana and Cyclone Gombe that left a similar trail of devastation and destruction in Malawi and neighbouring countries.

As of Sunday, this week, from the 12th of March, Malawi and Mozambique have been facing the devastating effects of Cyclone Freddy that made a landfall over Mozambique on Saturday the 11th and reached Malawi by Sunday the 12th of March.

The Malawi legislator said he has absolute faith in the Pan African Parliament, which he described as “a league of nations brought together by a shared ancestry, history, identity as well as our beloved continent which we inhabit”.

Meanwhile, Malawi President, Lazarus Chakwera, has declared a State of Disaster in the affected areas effectively appealing for local and international support for the affected families.

Mikiya appealed to the Pan African Parliament drawing “positive” inspiration from Europe which rallied around Turkey after the destructive earthquakes to bring the much-needed relief and humanitarian aid to the people of Turkey.

He said Africa should demonstrate to the world that the African Union and its Organs are not mere talk shows, but effective institutions which stand up when it matters most.

“Alone, it may take us a lifetime to fully recover, but together, in the Pan-Africanist spirit of Ubuntu, our lives and livelihoods will return to a semblance of normality in record time. This is the time to live by our operative mantra, “One Africa, One Voice.” Mikiya concluded.

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