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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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‘My life is a living hell’

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A Zimbabwean double amputee, Gift Ncube who received a lot of public sympathy after a farmer, Keitumetse Khunou shot him in 2013 over a payment dispute thereafter losing both arms, says that his life is a living hell.

This is because his former employer, Khonuo has not honoured terms of agreement to compensate him for his lost arms. As of September 2017, the two through their lawyers agreed on an out of court settlement in which Khonou undertook to give him 20 goats and eight heads of cattle to start a new life. Khunou, through his lawyers K. Sekgabo Attorneys further proposed to transfer his rights and title in respect of his only residential house consisting of a two-bedroom house, main house with two rooms, toilet bath and a kitchen situated at Radisele.

They also agreed that they were going to pay, Ncube a sum of P100 000, which was proposed to be paid on or before the end of May 2018. However, Ncube through his lawyers, Chibanda Makgelemele & Co said May was far and proposed end of February 2018, which was accepted.

At one point, the parties agreed to pay P125 000 from the initial P130 000 demanded by Ncube, but Khunou’s lawyers said he could pay him P22 000 per month commencing December 1, 2017.
Narrating his story, Ncube cut a frustrated figure. “I now knock on people’s doors, asking for money to buy food. This is not who I am and who I had thought I’d be at any point in my life. This man has destroyed my life and I’m finding it hard to accept that I don’t have my hands,” he said.

He stated that Khunou’s lawyers had told him that their client was not cooperative. “They even told me to seek the assistance of the media,” he said, adding that life is hard as he has a three year old daughter to look after.

As of May 7, 2018, the parties went to the High Court where there was also another settlement made regarding compensation. Khunou signed to give Ncube his plot in Radisele, with its two houses. The agreement was that should he fail to procure transfer of the property to Ncube through the Landboard, then he shall within six months of failure to procure transfer cause it to be sold at a price to be agreed by both parties and the proceeds shall be paid to Ncube.

The agreement also entailed eight cows and 20 goats, and P130 000 payment in installments of P5 470 per month commencing March 31, 2018 until May 1, 2020. The court papers have the certificate of Customary Court Grant, which is yet to be given to Ncube.

The shooting incident happened at Khunou’s ploughing field at Diphateng lands near Radisele where he had temporarily engaged Ncube to de-bush his field.Meanwhile, Ncube said he has opened an account with a local bank where he wanted to save money for Myo-electric prosthesis. Quotations from Gaborone Private Hospital show that he needs P172 500 to get it done. The system consists of wrist insert, wrist/elbow unit, functional hand, prosthetic glove, cable above elbow, harness above elbow and prosthetic sheath.

Khunou’s lawyer Kgololesego Segabo confirmed that there was a settlement agreed that was signed between his client and Ncube. “What is left is for my client to act on the agreement. He is in the process of mobilising resources to honour the agreement,” he said.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

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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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