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Pilane’s expulsion from UDC a ‘stillborn’

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Sidney Pilane’s retaliatory social media response to recent media reports that the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) president will soon be shown the door at the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) clearly shows that the Advocate has the UDC at his mercy.

Those close to the current developments say that Pilane knows the weaknesses of the constitution of the UDC, an advantage he seems to be enjoying as he clearly knows that the other three partners have no constitutional rights to expel another party from the coalition.

In his response, Pilane points out that he is not a member of the UDC, since an organisation has no power to suspend or expel a person who is not its member. He continues that he participates in the UDC in his capacity as the leader of the BMD, on the instructions of the latter movement as its representative in the NEC of the UDC, and in no other capacity.

“The UDC is not competent to decide who may represent the BMD in the UDC NEC, nor is it empowered to suspend or expel the BMD from the UDC. The relationship inter se of the parties which are members of the UDC as a coalition is a contractual one, and the agreed UDC constitution does not give any contracting party or parties authority to suspend or expel another contracting party.
“Even if the UDC had such power, which it does not, it would be able to do so only after due process, which has not been extended. Such a process is not worth undertaking because it would be stillborn,” he fired from the hip.

He continued that parties that become disenchanted with the UDC or another contracting party member of the UDC are at liberty to leave the UDC. Moreover, he continued that the unwavering position of the BMD is that any party which is a member of the UDC is free to leave the UDC at any time as “ours is a free country and the parties that remain in the UDC will carry moono forward and work to take power in 2019.”

The Botswana National Front (BNF) and Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) Secretary generals Moeti Mohwasa and Venter Galetshabiwe had earlier on admitted in an interview that they have indeed met but could not divulge information concerning their indaba but a close source had revealed that the meeting was intended to push Pilane under the bus, an action which is legally impossible according to Pilane’s rebuttal statement.

“Neither the BMD nor I have received any communication from anybody concerning any intended or actual suspension or expulsion. If we should, it would not be worth the paper it is written on,” he blasted.

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BUSHIRI HELPED US

Yvonne Mooka

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The torment that Keloneilwe family in Goo Kodisa had been subjected to for over a year is now a thing of the past.This is thanks to the intervention of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, if what Kgosi Moalakwena Keloneilwe says is anything to go by.

He told The Midweek Sun that he went to see Prophet Shepherd Bushiri in Pretoria on April 12 and was told by Major One, as Bushiri is known, that all is well. “When I arrived at his church, I met him and showed him The Midweek Sun article about the incident and he laid hands on it and said ‘It is done.’ “He didn’t say much,” said Keloneilwe. He said that the Enlightened Christian Gathering leader also gave him anointing oil.

“He also preached that when we pray in tongues, the anointing oil changes into the Holy Spirit and that it can do anything that we ask it to do. “He warned that if we don’t use it properly, it can be dangerous. But again, the prophet taught us that anybody can perform miracles,” said the tribal leader, who is also a cousin to the family that was tormented by the evil creature.

Kgosi Keloneilwe said that he was speechless when he arrived back home to find that government through social workers had instructed that the family move to Moshupa into a Village Development Committee house. “That same Monday, they moved to Moshupa which makes sense concerning what the prophet was saying that it is done.

The children have even gone back to school,” he said. He said that he did not tell his cousins that he was going to see Bushiri and only told them when he came back. The family has been tormented by an unknown creature, believed to appear in the form of a snake, a monkey the next minute and also a dirty doll.

In a previous interview with this reporter, the headman revealed that the children had been away from school for a year because the creature has torn their school uniforms into pieces. He also said that efforts to take them to school were made difficult by the fact that the creature throws stones at any car that takes them to school. It was also said that it threw stones at the children and slapped them if they dared go to school.

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World telecoms day commemoration in Sefhare

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President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi will join the ministry of transport and communications to commemorate the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) in Sefhare this coming Friday.

The event will be held at Sefhare Primary School grounds starting at 0900hrs. This year the commemorations will be celebrated under the theme ‘Bridging the Standardization gap’. Bridging the Standardization gap is one of the strategic goals of the International and Communication Union’s (ITU) standardisation sector. The purpose of WTISD is help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs) can bring to societies and economies as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.

The day marks the founding of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).On the 17th May 1865 when the first International telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. This year we celebrate 50th Anniversary of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day which has been celebrated annually since 1969.

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