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District Commissioner calls Khama Jehovah

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Likening President Ian Khama with God or Jesus, which is popular among ordinary Batswana especially the elderly, seems to have now entered the public service corridors.

A high-ranking public servant in Kweneng District says Khama is Jehovah. Kweneng District Commissioner (DC), Dr Temba Mmusi revealed on Monday this week that Khama is Jehovah. “Jehovah has brought in Economic Stimulus Package (ESP). ESP is here.

This is a government’s attempt to stimulate the economy. I am coordinating the ESP in this district. My team report to me every two weeks and if there is a fallout with any government department, that department will be in the red zone in terms of performance”, revealed Dr Mmusi when addressing the ongoing Kweneng District Council (KDC) session.

While some councilors demanded that the DC be called to order Dr Mmusi pulled another stunt and boldly pledged his allegiance to the President. KDC Chairman Jeffry Sibisibi however ignored calls for the DC to be called to order but asked him to continue to address the council. Dr Mmusi was answering on behalf of various government departments’ questions that were asked by councilors.

When responding to why some government departments in the district had a poster of President Khama with some extract messages from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) 2014 Manifesto and the party emblem, Dr Mmusi saw no evil. “I see nothing wrong with those messages. If those messages are from Jehovah and are good messages, I do not see anything wrong with government departments having such messages on their notice boards”, said the DC.

After the session, Dr Mmusi would not be drawn into discussing his statements. Councillor Ofentse Mareme of Gabane North East from Gabane-Mankgodi Constituency, who had asked about Khama’s posters, expressed disappointment at the answer by the DC. “ It is disappointing to have such a statement from a public servant. If it were coming from a politician I would understand. What message is he sending to his juniors and other public servants? We do not want such public officers who pledge their allegiance to individuals and not the country”, fumed Mareme.

Councillor for Ngware at Letlhakeng-Lephephe Constituency, Ontathile Selatlho said it is disturbing for the DC to utter words of allegiance to the president. He said this is a clear indication that the BDP is politicising the public service.

“This is very worrisome to have a top public servant going to an extent of seeing a picture of God when he sees the president. We may not be wrong to suggest that he is a BDP card carrying member if you heard him defend the displaying of BDP posters in government departments. It is a concern given the fact that DCs fall under the Office of the President they might be influenced to act in such a behaviour”, said Selatlho who had earlier requested that Dr Mmusi be called to order and stop misleading the council.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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