After some members of Botswana National Front (BNF) Central Committee complained of the tendency to doctor minutes of various meetings, now the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) is also accusing the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) of the same crime.
On June 20, 2022 the BNF Vice President Dr Prince Dibeela, Secretary for Political Education Shawn Ntlhaile and Peter Powell, Secretary for Economic Affairs wrote a letter to the BNF Secretary General Moeti Mohwasa complaining of various anomalies in the running of their party. “It has become clear that the minutes are not a true reflection of our meetings.
“The minutes of the various meetings of the Central Committee are written in a way that is doctored to wean out certain issues,” the trio wrote. This week the leader of the BCP Dumelang Saleshando also complained that the minutes of the UDC NEC are not true record of proceedings.
He claimed that they complained about this but the NEC led by Duma Boko ignored their grievances. He gave example of his suspension and that of the BCP Secretary General Goretetse Kekgonegile from the UDC for three months. “During the May 21, 2022 Boko complained that Kekgonegile talked about deferring regime change during the BCP press conference.
He pleaded with Kekgonegile to retract the statement but Kekgonegile said his response should be taken in context of the question he was responding to during the press conference,” Saleshando said.
He said he was surprised to read from the minutes of the meeting prepared by Nono Kgafela-Mokoka, the Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) Secretary General that it was resolved that he and Kekgonegile should apologise and retract all the negative statements they uttered maligning the UDC before the next UDC NEC meeting scheduled for June 25, 2022.
The BCP leader also said there was no date set for Kekgonegile to retract his statement. He said after the NEC meeting Mohwasa told the media that the BCP was asked to retract and apologise not individuals.
He also accused of Kgafela-Mokoka for deliberately omitting in the minutes to note that it was agreed that UDC Secretary for Labour, Justin Hunyepa was challenged to bring the clip in which Kekgonegile allegedly said regime change will rather be deferred. Hunyepa failed to bring the clip to last week meeting and the issue was swept under the carpet.
In the minutes it was captured that Saleshando who is also the UDC Vice President told delegates at the BCP Leadership Forum held in Palapye on May 14, 2022 that the BCP Members of Parliament won as a result of the party’s effort, when in actual fact, they contested as UDC candidates and were supported by the UDC.
He also stated during the forum that the BCP will be representing itself at opposition unity talks when the BCP is already a member of the UDC. He also told the forum that the UDC is unfit to govern the country and said “Ga re kake ra ntsha Masisi, re be re tsenya Masisinyana”. Salesahando denied that he was asked to retract and apologise for the speech he delivered during the BCP Leadership Forum.
The Minister of Justice, Machana Shamukuni says the search to appoint the Ombudsman and other critical heads of department is currently ongoing and the process is expected to be completed before end of the year.
The Ombudsman position fell vacant almost five months ago after Augustine Makgonatsotlhe was removed from the office and appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.
Two Batswana nationals have been arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal trade in mercury. The duo is being held together with a Zimbabwean national who is being questioned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
This publication understands that the suspects who are aged between 39 and 56 years hail from Tutume and Selebi-Phikwe. At the time of the arrest, they were found in possession of a pistol, bomb motor and four live rounds. It is understood that the suspects told investigators during interrogation that the deadly substance has a lucrative market in Far East countries, where the demand is high. It is further reported that the suspects claimed that the mercury can be easily accessed in mines through middleman.
The Namibian Lives Matter Movement has weighed in on the looming border dispute between their country and Botswana.
Commenting on reports that the Namibian Parliament has dispatched a committee along the border between the two countries on fact finding mission, the group commended“the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, De-fence and Security that will engage community members living along the Namibia Botswana Border in conducting public hearings into acts of aggression and brutality by Botswana Defence (BDF) Force against innocent and unarmed Namibians.”