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BDP threatens candidates with ultimatum

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Some uncompromising Botswana Democratic Party primary election candidates at Moselewapula ward in Francistown West constituency have been urged to agree on a consensus candidate amid doubts as the candidates have vowed to be separated by an election. Addressing party activists in Francistown during an internal meeting over the weekend, Party Deputy Secretary Shaw Kgathi pleaded with eight BDP members who have shown interest to contest for the ward which fell vacant after the death of former deputy mayor, Lechedzani Modenga in February, to reach a compromise.

Among those who want to try their luck for the ward are former area councillor Johnson Moremi, former deputy mayor Joyce Ndove and Misiosi Tadubana. Kgathi informed the gathering that as the party leadership they encourage candidates in by elections to always reach a compromise to let one capable person to represent the party. “Reaching a consensus will give the party ample time to campaign hence the probability of retaining the ward will be very high,” Kgathi noted. He said candidates should always put the interest of the party first. Kgathi, who is also MP for Bobirwa lamented that the eight party activists who have shown interest to contest the primary elections popularly known as Bulela Ditswe will be given up to Friday this week to have reached a compromise. If the candidates fail to reach a compromise, the party will have to hold primary elections. “Go and consult your relatives and friends, if it is possible some of you can withdraw their candidatures.

“I must tell you that you are not forced to withdraw from the race but if you strongly feel that you are not a capable candidate, please withdraw.” Kgathi cautioned the candidates that campaigning for political office is financially demanding therefore those who do not have the resources should gracefully withdraw. According to Kgathi, the candidates should liaise with the branch chairperson and the regional chairperson to ensure that the process of selecting one candidate amongst them is done in good faith. He reiterated that the party’s intention is to retain the ward by trouncing the opposition by a huge margin. On other issues, Kgathi expressed grave concern about lack of discipline within the ruling party. “Some of you have the tendency of attacking other party activists through social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp,” he cautioned. Kgathi highlighted that some party activists even have the audacity to also criticise the party leadership through social media. He noted that BDP members should learn something from opposition activists who respect their leaders despite their blunders.

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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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