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Sadique Kebonang exiting politics

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Member of Parliament for Lobatse, Sadique Kebonang was left with egg on the face when he was excluded from the new Cabinet. His detractors are now writing his political obituary, and sources close to the happenings in Lobatse say he has already indicated that he would not be contesting elections in 2019. It doesn’t rain but pours for the former Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, who has been implicated in the P250million money laundering of the National Petroleum Fund, a matter he has distanced himself from at his Public Accounts Committee appearance this past Tuesday.

Other inside government and BDP sources claimed that Masisi was never a fan of Kebonang, who is believed to have been ‘Khama’s person.’ While some critics are adamant that there is a plush post coming his way, others insist that leaving out Kebonang, Prince Maele and Guma Moyo was Masisi’s way of proving his commitment to fighting corruption. All three men have been implicated in money-related scandals. Guma and Kebonang recently faced off in a social media spat and Guma fell short of calling Kebonang a thief, while the Lobatse MP referred to Guma as a “professional accountant” with dubious credentials. Several candidates have already expressed interest in the Lobatse parliamentary seat and names are already being thrown around including that of a Gaborone tender boy raised in Lobatse named Kamal Jacobs, who has, according to sources, already started buying votes by dolling out money and “hampers” to residents. Former CEDA CEO Thapelo Matsheka who hails from Peleng, and former communications and public affairs manager at NFBIRA, Tapologo Kwapa who was raised in Woodhall, are also eyeing the seat. But it’s not all hunky dory fair play. One of the candidates is alleged to even fear for his life. A Lobatse BDP insider revealed: “Trouble is brewing in the party structures and there is a lot of infighting and backstabbing, with claims of death and phones being tapped, being thrown around. “It is common talk that some candidates for councillor and MP positions are being eliminated.

At the funeral of one BDP politician in the township, talk was rife that the deceased had been poisoned,” the source added. The source also indicated that the family always suspected foul play. Furthermore, indications are that some party snoops were sent to the family home to try and confiscate the cellphone and party documents of the deceased but family members refused. “Rumours are rife and there is well-known friction between certain party members and the family.” Efforts to speak to the family of the deceased were met with hostility. A family representative responded: “The deceased was ill. Death is not exclusive to certain people and everyone will meet their end. We won’t discuss street talk because we are Christians of integrity who do not deal with people who do not fear God.” Meanwhile, Matsheka, who is believed to have the backing of top party officials, as well as businessmen and CEOs, who are funding his campaign, is said to be at the forefront of the race. “It is a money game. In politics, everyone has a price,” said a source. Kebonang could not be reached for comment at press time.

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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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