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Mochudi East showdown

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The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is going all out to reclaim the Mochudi East constituency as Bakgatla go to the polls in a Saturday by-election.

The late Member of Parliament, Isaac Davids won the constituency in the 2014 general elections while still a member of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), but later crossed the floor to join BDP. Unfortunately he could not see his term to the end as he was murdered by his herdboys late last year. BDP has hopes on Specially-nominated Councillor Reverend Mpho Moruakgomo who will tussle with businessman Moagi Bright Molebatsi of the UDC. Also in the mix is former unionist Japhta Radibe. Over and above fielding Moruakgomo, the BDP has assembled a strong campaign team where all its ministers are camping in the constituency instead of taking what was to be their one week rest from work.

Currently, all members of cabinet are on a one week compulsory leave which they take at the end of every parliamentary session. Parliament ended on Friday and will resume in June. BDP has appointed Assistant Minister of Empowerment, Youth Sports and Culture and MP for Shoshong, Phillip Makgalemele as Campaign Manager, assisted by member of the royal family, Mmusi Kgafela who is their parliamentary hopeful for the 2019 general elections in Mochudi West. The two have been instructed to work very closely with all existing party structures. Former Minister and MP for Nkange, Edwin Jenamiso Batshu is Special Advisor for the campaign team.

The BDP kicked its aggressive campaign last week Thursday when former President Lt. Gen. Ian Khama addressed a political rally in Boseja north. Party president Mokgweetsi Masisi followed during the week. With Masisi away attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, the honours have been passed on to his Vice President and acting president, Slumber Tsogwane. Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Makgalemele said their series of aggressive campaigns will end with a star rally on Friday starting at 2 pm in Oodi where acting president Tsogwane will give a keynote address whilst former president Khama will be guest speaker. He said they have many advantages such as undivided support from the democrats in the area and support from the Davids family. “We are optimistic about our chances, we are working hard,” he said. Makgalemele concluded by saying, “We view the anticipated victory as part of the celebration for welcoming the late Isaac back to BDP as he had not formally been welcomed back.

Further, we want to give Masisi his first political present as president of the country.” For his part, Moruakgomo said it has to be him because, “I provide leadership and have proved leadership. The three years I was council chairman, this district transformed drastically and I left solid plans that need to be implemented and I need to unlock their implementation. These plans are Local economic development to energise this local economy given its proximity to Gaborone. Education, life skills for young people and requisite social and community mobilisation for enhanced community resilience – all these are my past achievements that speak not only in the district, but the entire country.

The zeal with which I confronted the HIV scourge at a very crucial moment in the development trajectory of this nation, is indicative of my abilities and capacities.” Yet the BDP also knows that the UDC, are not pushovers. Molebatsi’s campaign is led by Obakeng Matlou, the man who came second best in the UDC primary elections. Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Matlou said they had the first launch of Molebatsi this past Saturday at Notwane freedom square – launch he termed ‘very successful.’ Presiding over was UDC Vice President, Dumelang Saleshando, with other speakers including MP for Kgatleng West, Gilbert Mangole, and Councillor Tona Mooketsi of Mosanta ward. There was women’s league member, Daisy Bathusi of BCP but representing women of UDC, with president of Botswana National Front Youth League, Vellem Heii representing the umbrella’s youth. The second launch which will be a star rally scheduled for Friday in Mmathubudukwane will be addressed by UDC president, Duma Boko.

The events of the day start with a motorcade in the river villages of Sikwane, Mmathubudukwane, Romonaka and Mololwane. “We will be going all out this week holding political rallies on every single day, including house to house campaigns,” said Matlou. Molebatsi, a former teacher and businessman, believes it has to be him because, “I am always available for Bakgatla when need arises. I know all their needs which all have failed to advocate for. Amongst the urgent needs for the constituency are a hospital, sewerage ponds, maintenance of schools, and water in Bokaa village. This is despite having a dam near and even having huge water bills. “The river villagers are not enjoying the benefits of the river passing next to their villages compared to their South African counterparts. Some institutions such as IHS in Mochudi have closed down and moved to Gaborone. The above and many more need a quality politician like me.” But then there is the matter of the Independent Candidate – Radibe. If what he says is anything to go by, then both the BDP and the UDC have some rude awakening to anticipate. Radibe says he is already assured of 10 000 votes and says he will focus on improving the state of the arts and sports in the area.

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VACANCY: President of the UDC

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Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President, Advocate Sidney Pilane says Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) does not have a President.

He revealed this week that UDC leader, Advocate Duma Boko was given the leadership of the coalition on a temporary arrangement. Advocate Pilane who was addressing the media this week, following the expulsion of his party from the UDC stated that in the buildup to 2014 general elections it was agreed that Advocate Boko should be presidential candidate for UDC, an arrangement that ended at the time when the UDC lost the 2014 general elections.

“It was decided that Botswana National Front (BNF) should be given the presidency so that Advocate Boko could be our presidential candidate. The late Gomolemo Motswaledi of BMD was to be his running mate. We made this arrangement in preparation to taking over state power.

So, all that has passed, we contested and lost so it is all in the past,” said the BMD leader. He stated that constitutionally, the UDC has no president because the president has to be elected during the UDC elective congress. Advocate Pilane pointed out that UDC according to the Constitution should hold its congress every three (3) years.

He stated that even all the members of UDC National Executive Committee have to be elected at the congress and as it stands, “there is no president or Vice Presidents because they were not voted into those positions.”

Advocate Pilane said instead of building the UDC brand their colleagues at Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Botswana National Front have resorted to petty issues. He told the media that the leadership of the two parties have taught their members to insult BMD leadership and its members on social media and any other forum.

He had no kind words for the BCP, calling the party a divisive party that thrives on insults and divisive tendencies. He said the BCP leadership had encouraged its foot soldiers to use social media to insult him and members of the BMD.

According to Advocate Pilane, these are some of the things that have made the two parties remain in opposition for far too long without even coming close to toppling the ruling party. He described them as dishonest people who will plunge the country into chaos and that is why Batswana do not want to give them power.

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VIDEO: A Gaborone hotel Prophet caught in the act

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In a matter that closely resembles that of a South African Cabinet Minister, Melusi Gigaba’s masturbating video clip, a visiting Zimbabwean Prophet, Ronald El Melchizedek of Altar of Grace this week denied that he has been sending nudes to church sisters and demanding same from them.

In fact, the ‘man of God’ has earned himself the name, ‘Botswana’s Omotoso’ by girls that allege he has sexually exploited them. Pastor Timothy Omotoso is a Nigerian clergyman accused of sexually exploiting over 30 young girls from his church in South Africa.

“He is an Omotoso and even though they hide it at his church, some of us have received messages from him asking for our nudes. Actually, he has asked for my nudes several times,” says one church sister.

The Midweek Sun has gotten hold of a 34 seconds video clip of the youthful prophet playing with his manhood. Looking like he is in a hotel room, the man stands fully naked in a muted video that, depicts him speaking and teasing the recipient. In a standing position, he starts off by caressing his manhood, giving it a close up and ends up lying on the bed, facing up.

At least three young women say they received the video from the prophet and that he usually asks for nudes from them. One of them actually says he has been pestering her, demanding to have sex with her. “He likes to send me messages of how horny he is for me. But again, he likes asking for nudes from women.

Even married women at his church have fallen victims of his sexual harassment. I left the church because he disgusted me by doing such things yet calling himself a man of God,” she says.

The woman however says that Melchizedek, a Zimbabwean who holds services at Gaborone Hotel when he is in the country, is a man of accurate prophecies. “He moves mightily in the prophetic but he likes harassing church sisters. It is known in his church. He is married but controlled by the spirit of lust,” she says.

The Prophet responds
Melchidezek told The Midweek Sun that he was aware of the video of him doing the rounds through WhatsApp, but was quick to label the whole thing a scam.“Yes we are aware. Those are scammers from Benin who hacked into my wife’s Facebook account and phone and stole our videos and pictures. So they wanted to blackmail us and we refused, that is why they are doing that.

It is just an effort to harm the work of God but God is in control,” he told The Midweek Sun. He would not be drawn into responding to, or even discussing the allegations levelled against him by church sisters, but instead gave this reporter a mobile number of a person he said was his wife.

The said woman confirmed that the video was posted by scammers. “That was done by scammers. We have reported them to Benin police,” she said. She however would not give the name of the police station nor go into further details.

This incident follows on last week’s revelations reported by this publication, where several girls spoke anonymously about pastors, prophets and ‘men of God’who were using them sexually in church. Many were uncomfortable to reveal their names, forcing this paper to also conceal the identies of the accused churches and pastors involved in the dirty acts in the name of God.

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