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UDC failed itself in Ralekgetho – Monare

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Defeated Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) council candidate for Ralekgetho Ward Johnson Monare says the party has a lot to do in voter education to counter Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). Monare who is a former councillor for the Ward lost the bye-election over the weekend to Omphile Motlhajwe of BDP. Monare got 233 votes against Motlhajwe’s 339 while Mothusiemang Malwetse of Alliance for Progressives (AP) came third with 45 votes. In an interview with this publication after results were announced Monare stated that people knew little about the new UDC symbol.

“There is a lot of voter education that the party has to do. I cannot blame anyone for the loss except the party. “Had we done enough education about the party we could have performed better if not winning the ward. Most people did not understand what we were talking about when we told them that I am now contesting under UDC,” stated Monare. He accused the BDP of capitalising on this shortcoming. According to Monare, the BDP on the ground used his defection from the BDP to the BCP as a weapon against him.

“They told people that I have defected to the BCP from their party and have once again defected to a new party. “Those that I spoke to revealed to me that they have been told that the BCP is not there and there are new parties contesting against BDP. I had a lot of explaining to do together with my team because the people were seeing the UDC symbol for the first time since official launch of the party last month,” he stated. He added that the party would meet this week to do evaluation of the elections. In 2014 Monare contested under BCP when the party was not part of the UDC. In 2014 the UDC got 218 of the 799 votes that were cast in that ward represented by Gaokgakala Masope; the BCP’s Monare garnered 270 votes while the late Calvin Rakala of the BDP got 291 voters. At that time Monare’s campaign was led by Malwetse.

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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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