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Boko warns of a surprise outcome on BMD fracas resolutions

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The leader of the opposition Botswana National Front (BNF) who doubles as the President of the opposition coalition of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), Duma Boko, has dared journalists and political activists during a press conference on Saturday that UDC will rise to the occasion with a surprise outcome in the current scenario of infightings at the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD).

His sentiments follow hard on recent news that the warring factions at BMD might end up with a new political party being formed. Already, some political skeptics have said that it will take a steep mountain climb to reconcile the two BMD warring factions. A source who was present at the BMD resolution discussions in Francistown confided to The MidweekSun that Boko’s migraine lies in the fact that the Sydney Pilane-led BMD faction will never accept a re-run or a special congress under any circumstances, whereas the Ndaba Gaolatlhe faction is calling for fresh elections before reconciliation.

To support the source’s allegation, BMD’s national chairman under Pilane faction Nehemiah Modubule has informed this publication that they will never have a congress re-run as theirs was constitutional. The source continued that another thorn in their flesh is Botswana People’s Party (BPP) who seem to be hell bent on having the UDC support the Ndaba-led BMD faction and disregard the Pilane faction.

“This places Boko and Saleshando between a hard place and a rock to make a choice. BPP also regards Saleshando as a gate crusher since they haven’t signed any memorandum of association with UDC, something which irks BPP to the core as they feel side-lined, hence their decision to bed the Ndaba BMD faction,” the source said. Surprisingly, Boko was quick to point out that news making rounds that UDC is in disarray is nothing to be scared of as people have not seen anything yet at UDC.

He said that the UDC has recovered enough from its headache hence their decision to finally hold a resolution meeting on BMD fracas. “I have to make the following observations. In the last weeks, news headlines alleged that UDC was in disarray. Now I have to inform you journalists, activists and all you smiling faces that carry hope and inspire courage that the story lines attempted to paint a very gloomy picture concerning the UDC, and I wondered in which planet they live since the UDC I inhabit is alive and well; and it is also vibrant and I won’t repeat it again as you will bear witness when activities unfold to show the nation that the party is alive,” Boko said.

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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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