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Bruce Nkgakile dumps BDP

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Three weeks ago, controversial Bruce Nkgakile revealed in an interview with The Midweek Sun that come rain or shine, he would stand for parliamentary elections in Mogoditshane. It was a curious revelation then, as it was already known that his political home, the Botswana Democratic Party, had already identified Tshepang Mabaila to represent them at parliamentary level for the 2019 general election. He however stated in an unequivocal tone then, that he could be standing under the ticket of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).

Yesterday, on the occasion of his party leader Ian Khama’s 65th birthday, the BDP received a letter from him dated February 26, which contained a one-sentence line declaring his resignation from the party. “I hereby notify your office of my termination of my membership with the above mentioned organisation; Yours; Bruce Leonard Nkgakile; Mogoditshane Constituency,” the letter read. There was neither an attempt to state reasons, but Bruce has been public saying the BDP was no longer the party he knew when he joined, adding that he no longer believed in some of the policies of the party. He said upon his resignation that he had decided it was time he stopped associating with things he did not believe in.

He further asserted that he was ready for anything that would come his way as a result of jumping ship. The controversial figure that he is, he has made his mark in politics, business and has been implicated in a few money scandals. Most recently, he was reportedly kicked out of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Youth executive committee following an accusation of “theft.” In his recent interview with this publication, Nkgakile revealed he had plans to stand in Mogoditshane in the upcoming general election. “I will stand, even if it is under the UDC ticket. If they approach me, I will go on board,” he insisted then. His politics, he said, was not about the stomach or ideology but about serving people.

“I love doing my bit for my community. I won’t be standing out of hunger but a genuine desire to serve people,” he said then. With the Alliance for Progressives already represented by Sedirwa Kgoroba, and the BDP by Mabaila, it is not surprising that he has chosen to stand under the UDC ticket. Prior to the defection of Kgoroba, the BMD were the custodians of the constituency under the UDC, and although he could not confirm it, it is widely believed he will join the BMD so that they field him as their candidate under the UDC. There had been talk before of the UDC giving the constituency to the BCP to field Tumiso Rakgare, but BMD President Sidney Pilane came out clear to say no such thing was going to happen.

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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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