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Mabaila is Mokoko wa Domkrag

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SECOND ROUND: Tshepang Mabaila

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) youthful member Tshepang Mabaila has backtracked on his initial decision to rally behind his party and has decided to contest for Mogoditshane Constituency again.

This is despite the apology he recently made to pull-off from contesting as an independent.  Speaking to The Midweek Sun Mabaila said he was played by someone from the leadership of the party. “I was told that when I withdraw my candidacy from IEC and call a press conference the President will lift my suspension from the party,” said Mabaila. He said to his shock upon following the matter up, he was told by a senior member of the central committee and Vice President Slumber Tsogwane that President Mokgweetsi Masisi knew nothing about the apology letters he made.
“I then decided to contest as Mokoko wa Domkrag because I will never join any party. I was born a BDP and will die a BDP member,” says Mabaila.

He says he has nothing against President Masisi and is adamant the president did not plot his downfall. “It was deliberately done by one man whom I cannot mention. He planned my downfall to replace me with Chillyboy Rakgare.” Frustrated Mabaila said despite all the divisive stunts, he will always respect and honour President Masisi as the leader of the country.

He said he submitted apology letters to Tsholetsa house, Office of the President and the other to Chairman of Communications and International Relations Banks Kagelelo Kentse.Reached for comment about Mabaila’s decision, BDP Parliamentary candidate for Mogoditshane, Rakgare said there is nothing like ‘Mokoko wa BDP’ and that he is not amused by the decision. “I would not want to comment much about anyone’s candidacy as Botswana is a democratic state, by that everyone is free to contest. But for someone to say he is contesting as BDP mokoko is utter rubbish and criminal, it is purely soliciting votes ka boherehere,” said Rakgare.

Rakgare said that BDP is an oiled machine and ready to win Mogoditshane constituency. “The country was a mess because of those kinds of people and their friends, who hate the party president, we are running a clean campaign with clean money,” said Rakgare.

Asked about Mabaila’s letters, Chairman of Communications and International Relations Kentse, said he received an apology letter from Mabaila but it was an unofficial letter. “He gave me the letter as Banks, not as the BDP chairman of Communications,” he said.  Mabaila was slapped with a five-year suspension by BDP national disciplinary committee for allegedly influencing some BDP Members of Parliament (MPs) to pass a motion of no confidence against Masisi.

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Boko has failed his constituency – Mokgethi

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THROWING SALVO: Anna Mokgethi vows to turn around the fortunes of Gaborone Bonnington North

Botswana Democratic Party Parliamentary hopeful for Gaborone Bonnington North Annah Mokgethi says area Member of Parliament failed to utilise the P10million constituency Development Fund to develop the constituency.

Every year government allocates P10 million to each of the 57 constituencies for developments under the ministry of local government and rural development and councils coordinate the projects. Mokgethi told the media in Gaborone on Tuesday that UDC president who is also area MP, Duma Boko was supposed to have pushed for projects to be done in the constituency.“As we speak there is nothing but the constituency has been having an MP and councillors in the past five years. “Crime is high in the area because there are no streetlights in most of our roads. Our people are attacked under the cover of darkness. Our roads are still dusty but you take our neighbouring constituencies they have paved the roads using these funds.

“We are behind because our MP has neglected the constituency ever since he was voted into office. There is nothing that he can show as a development he advocated for under the fund,” she said.
Mokgethi, a lawyer by profession, will be launched this coming Sunday by President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Since its inception in 2017 the fund has been marred by controversy as MPs argued that they are not being taken on board in the projects.Vice President Slumber Tsogwane who at the time was local government minister, said it was wrong for council secretaries to snub MPs when councils consult residents on developments to do with the fund.

Mokgethi told the media that representation is about service. She said she is willing to represent the people of Bonnington North. “The people of this constituency are yearning for representation. They need a representative who will have enough time on his/her hands to attend to their needs and interests. Someone who will have an ear inclined to their needs,” she stated.

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BEAUTY WITH STAINS

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BEAUTIFUL BETRAYAL: Many did not believe Mhotsha could commit such a heinous crime

Broadhurst Magistrate Court came to a near standstill this past Friday when Lebogang Mhotsha appeared for mention on a conspiracy to robbery case.

Sporting a spiral braided hairstyle, the 30-year-old, who looked exhausted and agitated, turned heads with her pretty face with many in the crowd peering at her and commenting on how unfortunate it was for such a beautiful young woman to be implicated in a crime of such magnitude, where blood had been spilled.

There was a heavy presence of police officers, soldiers, DIS and members from Interpol in the court that was so packed that one had to take gulps of breath to avoid suffocating. All eyes were on Mhotsi, who unflinchingly stared ahead as the brief court proceedings got underway. Details presented before court are that Mhotsha of Mogoditshane is implicated in a conspiracy to robbery following the death of three Batswana men in South Africa on the 26 July 2019.

It is said that the victims were robbed of P350, 000, ten thousand US dollars and a Samsung J72 cell phone. The deceased men were part of a team of seven Batswana headed to Durban to purchase vehicles. They were attacked along the Swartruggens road in the North West area between Mafikeng and Rustenburg by six men who robbed them at gunpoint and made off with the money. The prosecutor in the case asked the court to give them an opportunity to complete their investigations, adding that they also want to engage Interpol to assist them.

Magistrate Tshepo Thedi remanded the accused in jail pending further investigation. Mhotsha will appear in court again on 22 August 2019 together with two other accused. Botswana and South African police jointly launched investigations into the matter to establish the circumstances that led to the incident. So far, preliminary investigations have revealed that the robbery was an act of conspiracy between the suspect, Mhotsha as well as local and South African associates.

The case gets more interesting as more accused come out of hiding. This past weekend a confession was extracted from two other suspects, Poloko Seduke and Kefilwe Ramoitoi both aged 38. The duo subsequently appeared before court on Monday facing the same charge of conspiracy to robbery. Although investigations are still ongoing to piece together the puzzles in this case, it is widely believed that the three accused are part of a bigger crime syndicate operating between Botswana and South Africa that targets Batswana who travel to Durban to buy cars.

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