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Ndaba’s BMD desperate for excuse to break free

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Botswana Movement for Democracy’s (BMD) National Executive Committee (NEC) led by Ndaba Gaolathe wants the impasse at the orange movement to be resolved next week Thursday. Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) yesterday (Tuesday) started the process of trying to resolve the BMD matter by calling the two factions to appear before it. Yesterday Gaolathe-led group was scheduled to appear before the UDC NEC while today Advocate Sidney Pilane-led NEC will be appearing. UDC President has expressed hope that they will find a lasting solution for the BMD. Gaolathe-led NEC Secretary General Dr Phenyo Butale said they have shared with the UDC that the matter should be resolved by the 31st of August 2017 to curb the growing uncertainty and anxiety among the multitudes of BMD supporters. Dr Butale said the risk of losing their supporters is a real concern and danger to the opposition’s prospects of winning power in 2019. He said they are concerned about the unpalatable tone of the letter that was prepared by Gilbert Mangole, the Secretary General for Pilane-led NEC. “We have since extended our apologies to the UDC for the language and condescending tone of the letter. It is not representative of our beloved movement nor is it in line with our values of humility and selfless servitude to the multitudes of our people,” Dr Butale stated adding that the overzealously confrontational letter summarily rejects the noble efforts of the UDC. The letter dated 10th August 2017 says Dr Butale is far from being the legitimate Secretary General of the BMD that he has no authority to write anything to the UDC on behalf of the BMD.“In July 2017, the NEC elected at the congress in Ghanzi organised and conducted the BMD biennial elective National Congress at Matshekge Senior Secondary in accordance with Articles 13.4 and 13.5 of the BMD Constitution,” Mangole stated. The letter further warned that only the BMD NEC has competence to call, hold and conduct a congress of the BMD, and the NEC has no authority to delegate this function to the UDC or anybody else. Mangole adds that they have held their congress at a great expense, and there is altogether no reason to call and hold another. Both camps have indicated to the UDC in their letters of commitment in solving the crisis, that they would provide evidence that would prove their cases.

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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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