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Modubule rules out fresh congress



Even before the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) makes a determination on the leadership crisis at the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), the Sidney Pilane-led executive committee of the party is adamant that there will NEVER be another congress.

The national chairman of the Sidney Pilane-led faction of BMD Nehemiah Modubule stated this in an interview with The Midweek Sun on the backdrop of a meeting by the UDC in Francistown this past weekend. Modubule said he was aware that the UDC leadership met in Francistown and discussed the BMD split with a view to reconciling the two factions.

Modubule added that he is also aware that the rival faction led by Ndaba Gaolathe wants a fresh congress while his Pilane-led group never made a formal request to the UDC for intervention. “After the congress, we introduced the new committee to the UDC but never approached the coalition for any help. I understand the other group did that by way of a letter to the UDC. They did this because they know they are not a committee. “Because of the sense of insecurity consuming them, they are running all over the place screaming for help.

I must make this clear: there will be no fresh congress. We held a legal congress at Matshekge in Bobonong. Another one is out of the question. The matter is not negotiable,” said Modubule. He added that the UDC never sought their views before the meeting. “To me, the fact that they did not meet us before deliberating on our affairs is not a problem.

I hear they are preparing to meet us anyway,” he said. Secretary General of the Gaolathe-led BMD, Phenyo Butale told this publication that, he wrote a letter on behalf of his faction inviting the UDC to intervene in the impasse. “Our position is that there should be a fresh congress organised and run by the UDC. In the letter we wrote to the UDC, we asked them to recommend this to the other faction as a way forward,” said Butale who added that he was confident that the UDC would adjudicate fairly if allowed by the other faction to get involved.

When addressing a press conference after the NEC meeting, UDC president Duma Boko, who had been roasted for inaction with respect to the divisions within the BMD even before the split, said that the time was now ripe for the UDC to intervene. “This matter has reached an inflection point,” he said, noting that the UDC is concerned about the state of the BMD. “This is because the UDC is about opposition unity and nothing else.

This is the animating concern and it means that if any unhealthy situation occurs in any of the constituent members of the collective, we get concerned. UDC is now in charge of the matter,” said Boko. This marked a clear departure from his previous position on the matter, saying that he had confidence in the ability of the BMD to resolve its problems using its processes and protocols. The UDC leader refused to share the decision of the UDC NEC regarding the BMD because the principal stakeholders, which are the two BMD factions, need to be formally informed before anybody else.

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VACANCY: President of the UDC



Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President, Advocate Sidney Pilane says Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) does not have a President.

He revealed this week that UDC leader, Advocate Duma Boko was given the leadership of the coalition on a temporary arrangement. Advocate Pilane who was addressing the media this week, following the expulsion of his party from the UDC stated that in the buildup to 2014 general elections it was agreed that Advocate Boko should be presidential candidate for UDC, an arrangement that ended at the time when the UDC lost the 2014 general elections.

“It was decided that Botswana National Front (BNF) should be given the presidency so that Advocate Boko could be our presidential candidate. The late Gomolemo Motswaledi of BMD was to be his running mate. We made this arrangement in preparation to taking over state power.

So, all that has passed, we contested and lost so it is all in the past,” said the BMD leader. He stated that constitutionally, the UDC has no president because the president has to be elected during the UDC elective congress. Advocate Pilane pointed out that UDC according to the Constitution should hold its congress every three (3) years.

He stated that even all the members of UDC National Executive Committee have to be elected at the congress and as it stands, “there is no president or Vice Presidents because they were not voted into those positions.”

Advocate Pilane said instead of building the UDC brand their colleagues at Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Botswana National Front have resorted to petty issues. He told the media that the leadership of the two parties have taught their members to insult BMD leadership and its members on social media and any other forum.

He had no kind words for the BCP, calling the party a divisive party that thrives on insults and divisive tendencies. He said the BCP leadership had encouraged its foot soldiers to use social media to insult him and members of the BMD.

According to Advocate Pilane, these are some of the things that have made the two parties remain in opposition for far too long without even coming close to toppling the ruling party. He described them as dishonest people who will plunge the country into chaos and that is why Batswana do not want to give them power.

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VIDEO: A Gaborone hotel Prophet caught in the act

Yvonne Mooka



In a matter that closely resembles that of a South African Cabinet Minister, Melusi Gigaba’s masturbating video clip, a visiting Zimbabwean Prophet, Ronald El Melchizedek of Altar of Grace this week denied that he has been sending nudes to church sisters and demanding same from them.

In fact, the ‘man of God’ has earned himself the name, ‘Botswana’s Omotoso’ by girls that allege he has sexually exploited them. Pastor Timothy Omotoso is a Nigerian clergyman accused of sexually exploiting over 30 young girls from his church in South Africa.

“He is an Omotoso and even though they hide it at his church, some of us have received messages from him asking for our nudes. Actually, he has asked for my nudes several times,” says one church sister.

The Midweek Sun has gotten hold of a 34 seconds video clip of the youthful prophet playing with his manhood. Looking like he is in a hotel room, the man stands fully naked in a muted video that, depicts him speaking and teasing the recipient. In a standing position, he starts off by caressing his manhood, giving it a close up and ends up lying on the bed, facing up.

At least three young women say they received the video from the prophet and that he usually asks for nudes from them. One of them actually says he has been pestering her, demanding to have sex with her. “He likes to send me messages of how horny he is for me. But again, he likes asking for nudes from women.

Even married women at his church have fallen victims of his sexual harassment. I left the church because he disgusted me by doing such things yet calling himself a man of God,” she says.

The woman however says that Melchizedek, a Zimbabwean who holds services at Gaborone Hotel when he is in the country, is a man of accurate prophecies. “He moves mightily in the prophetic but he likes harassing church sisters. It is known in his church. He is married but controlled by the spirit of lust,” she says.

The Prophet responds
Melchidezek told The Midweek Sun that he was aware of the video of him doing the rounds through WhatsApp, but was quick to label the whole thing a scam.“Yes we are aware. Those are scammers from Benin who hacked into my wife’s Facebook account and phone and stole our videos and pictures. So they wanted to blackmail us and we refused, that is why they are doing that.

It is just an effort to harm the work of God but God is in control,” he told The Midweek Sun. He would not be drawn into responding to, or even discussing the allegations levelled against him by church sisters, but instead gave this reporter a mobile number of a person he said was his wife.

The said woman confirmed that the video was posted by scammers. “That was done by scammers. We have reported them to Benin police,” she said. She however would not give the name of the police station nor go into further details.

This incident follows on last week’s revelations reported by this publication, where several girls spoke anonymously about pastors, prophets and ‘men of God’who were using them sexually in church. Many were uncomfortable to reveal their names, forcing this paper to also conceal the identies of the accused churches and pastors involved in the dirty acts in the name of God.

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