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Ndaba’s party will be called Botswana Peoples’ Movement

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The Ndaba Gaolathe-led faction of Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) is on the verge of registering a new party, this publication has learnt. One of the names which will be submitted to the Registrar of Societies is the Botswana Peoples’ Movement (BPM). “Almost everything is in place now.

Even the constitution of the party is ready. What remains is for the party to be registered,” said a BMD member who belongs to the faction commenting on condition of anonymity. Asked whether there is a need for a new party when the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) is working on reconciling the Gaolathe-led and Sidney Pilane-led factions, the source said that the steps that have been taken so far in the direction of the formation of the new party were informed by lack of trust in the UDC. “Some people in our faction do not trust the UDC to handle the matter expeditiously and professionally,” revealed the source who noted that, in the opposition cooperation talks, the UDC leadership has shown a bias towards the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) at the expense of especially Gaolathe and his faction.

“The UDC may either delay the reconciliation process or mishandle the whole thing to collapse the BMD so that the constituencies awarded to us are then given to the BCP,” he continued. The source also added, it is imperative to form the party so that if the reconciliation process fails leaving only the court option, the Gaolathe-led faction will coalesce into a fully-fledged party with its own identity and possibly then affiliate to the UDC. It is alleged that in the formation of the new party, Gaolathe and company are being encouraged by, not only members of the faction but by disgruntled members of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and those of some opposition parties.

“The Barataphathi faction will not reconcile with their party. They intend to prevent Mokgweetsi Masisi from becoming the next President. They are pressuring Gaolathe to form the party which they will then join. If the situation allows it, the party will then join the UDC,” explained the insider. He said that several BDP Councillors and Members of Parliament (MPs) are ready to join the party. “If things go their way, the party will not join the UDC because they may not be allowed to contest unchallenged even if they are incumbent.

The UDC has got its own people but with the new party they have a better chance of contesting,” said the source. He revealed that a section of the Botswana National Front (BNF) activists who are not happy with Duma Boko’s leadership of both the BNF and UDC, will break away and join the new party. “As for the Botswana Peoples’ Party (BPP), some in the leadership are ready for its dissolution. Its members, if things go according to plan, will become some of the founding members of the new party,” said the source who indicated that should the UDC not solve the BMD impasse by end of this month, all the processes to register and announce it will be put in motion immediately. Secretary General of the faction, Phenyo Butale, was cagey about the allegation.

“That is baseless speculation. Our focus is on the reconciliation efforts by the UDC,” was all he could say. He however admitted that he is aware of the allegation that his faction is registering a party. At a press conference in Francistown recently, president of the UDC, Duma Boko said he was not aware of the plans by the BMD-Gaolathe faction to form a party. The UDC is currently in mediation efforts between the Gaolathe led and the Sidney Pilane-led BMD factions.

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VACANCY: President of the UDC

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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

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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.

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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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